Scarcity or Abundance in Vocations?

Paul Keggington

April 17, 2009

‘Now is the time: to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that drive how we help people discern life as a husband, wife, priest, sister, or a faithful single person;to stop viewing religious vocations as a problem to be solved; to pray, and do more than pray, for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life.’

img_5470.jpgOn April 16, 2009, Dr. Kristina M. DeNeve, Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, presented research about emerging adulthood and the factors leading to successful vocations as a spouse, religious, ordained or flourishing single. Fr. Tom Long, Diocese of Green Bay Vocation Director,  and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity collaborated to plan the event for all interested in img_5474.jpgvocations and young adults, especially Vocation Contact Persons in parishes.

Five characteristics of Emerging Adulthood age 18-25 based on Jeffrey Jensen Arnett’s Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties were highlighted:

  • identity exploration, trying different things
  • age of possibilities, optomistic
  • age of instability
  • self-focused
  • age of feeling in-between

Positive characteristics of Millennials (emerging adults) to keep in mind when considering church vocations include:

  • They want to change the world, and they think they can do it.
  • They want to tell you what they think and they expect you to listen to them.
  • Work means more than a paycheck. They also want to make a difference.
  • As the first generation to be born into the Internet Age, they are very tech savvy and like to use it while multitasking.
  • The environment is very important to them.
  • They feel their greatest contributions can be through their knowlege-not their pocketbook.
  • They are our country’s most culturally diverse generation and want to live in diverse neighborhoods.
  • They think like extrepreneurs, but consider relationships more important than making money.

img_5478.jpgParticipants entered into group discussions, heard about the best predicators of a priestly vocation and were provided with further thoughts to consider when ‘marketing’ to the Millennials. 

How do these thoughts resonate with you?

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