Vocation Awareness Information


National Vocation Awareness Week
Live Your Faith!

God calls us all to live our faith and seek out our vocation to become a deacon, priest, religious sister, married or single person. Perhaps God is calling you to the priesthood or consecrated life. Will you have the courage to follow your heart? We are all called to love and serve Him and one another. As we continue to walk in the light of Christ and to serve our Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul, may we be filled with the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and seek to forgive all who have hurt us. National Vocation Awareness Week is a time for reflection and during National Vocation Awareness Week, we encourage all Catholics to:

  • Take time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
  • Reflect on our own vocation and strengthen our personal relationship with Christ.
  • Educate our young people about the importance of silent prayer and taking the time to truly
  • Listen to God's voice in our hearts.

For more information on National Vocation Awareness Week visit: USCCB

St. Louis Serra Club 6th Grade Essay Contest 2018 

“Tell Us… a Story, Memory or Someone who increased your Catholic Faith”

Boy Winners:
1st Place
$250 -  Cooper Martin  Immaculate Conception–Old Monroe wrote about Focus 11
2nd Place
$125 – Jack Madden St. Margaret Mary Alacoque wrote about Brett Haubrich
3rd Place Tie
3rd Place
$75 – Gavin Cunnigham  St. Clement of Rome wrote about an Encounter with Christ
3rd Place
$75 - Ben Klassen St. Joseph Cottleville wrote about Sr. Mariana
3rd Place
$75 – Jacob McDermott St. Margaret Mary Alacoque wrote about Msgr. Leach

Girl Winners
1st Place
$250 – Katelyn Davis St. Joseph Cottleville wrote about Sister Maria Kolbe
2nd Place
$125 – Karie Adamitis Oak Hill School & St. Clement of Rome Parish wrote about St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
3rd Place Tie
3rd Place
$75– Suzie Hanley  Saint Clare of Assisi wrote about the Little Things
3rd Place
$75 – Lizzie Hogan Immaculate Conception – Dardenne wrote about her Grandpa Henry Clever
3rd Place
$75 – Riley Roth  St. Alban Roe wrote about Sister Veritas

Teachers of First Place Winners:
Ms. Donna Reed Immaculate Conception–Old Monroe (boys)
Ms. Jenkins- St. Joseph Cottleville (girls)

St. Louis Serra Club Sophomore Vocation Essay Contest 2017 

“How your relationshipwith a priest, sister, seminarian or deacon has enriched your life as a Catholic”

Young Men Winners:

1st Place $1,000 -
Wade Howdershell  St. Dominic HS and Assumption Parish wrote about Sr. Maria Francesca Wiley
2nd Place $500 -
Evan Eisenbath St. Dominic HS and St. Theodore Parish wrote about Fr.Anthony Gerber
3rd PlaceTie $250
Benjamin Ducharme St. Dominic HS and St. Joseph Cottleville wrote about Fr. John Schneier
3rd Place $250
Andrew Salala  St. Dominic HS and Assumption Parish wrote about Fr. Bob Lane
Special $100 – Charles Sauer St. Vincent HS wrote about Deacon John Darin

Young Ladies Winners:
1st Place $1,000
Claire Stinehart Ursuline Academy and St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish wrote about Fr. Chris Seiler
2nd Place $500
Hailee Settlemoir   Cor Jesu Academy and St. Joseph Imperial  wrote about Sr. Rosemary Buttice, ASCJ
3rd Place Tie $250
Sophia Prinsen  St. Dominic HS and St. Joseph Cottleville Parish wrote about Sr. Maria Francesca Wiley
Analiese Wilmsmeyer Rosati-Kain HS and St. Elizabeth Parish wrote about Fr. Meconi

Teacher of First Place Winners –
Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Bossart (young men)
Mrs. Stinehart (young ladies)


Vocation Talk Opportunity with Fr. Brian Fallon

Fr. Brian Fallon, Vocation Director-Archdiocese of St. Louis will be the MC for FOCUS 11, a one day retreat for all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  Take advantage of this opportunity to hear different priests, religious sisters and brothers share their vocational stories.  Fr. Fallon will also celebrate a Holy Mass for Vocations at Focus 11. If you are unable to attend Focus 11 and would like Fr. Fallon to visit your school to talk about vocations please contact Renae Novak in the Office of Vocations at 314.792.6465 or email Rnovak@archstl.org.  Please keep in mind that due to his parish responsibilities, Fr.Fallon is not available to celebrate morning Mass. 

What is a Vocation Committee?

A Parish Vocation Committee is a group of men and/or women dedicated in creating a culture of vocations in the parish environment. The group is willing to devote time, talent and energy to help other parishioners come to a better understanding about vocations within our church today.

A Vocation Committee helps to assure that the parish community remains vibrant through prayer, study and planned activities that is conducive to fostering vocations.  This committee also serves as the connecting link

with the Office of Vocations regarding the progress and activity of the parish vocation committee, engaging in on-going dialogue about how the office can be of assistance – raising questions, concerns and issues for discussion.  This committee must have the support and approval of the pastor and pastoral staff.

If your parish does not have the volunteer resources to form a Vocation Committee, do not let it stop you from fostering a culture of vocations. The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis will be more than happy to direct you to resources you can share with your parish.  You can take the first step to creating a Vocation Committee at your parish by talking to your parish priests and downloading the Parish Vocation Committee Guidelines. Thank you for your devotion to the Church and your willingness to prayerfully guide your parish in establishing a culture of vocations. 

“Let us do all we can to pursue the path toward unity.”
Benedict XVI ~