Vocation Awareness Information


National Vocation Awareness Week
November 5-11, 2017

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

6th Grade Essay Contest Winners sponsored by the St. Louis Serra Club

1st   $250 JackDawson-St Margaret Mary Alacoque
2nd $125 JamesPetty-St Clement of Rome and $125 Chase Freesmeier-St Joseph Cottleville
3rd  $75 Will Riggan-St Peter in Kirkwood

1st   $250 SophiaWokurka-St. Mark
2nd $125 Sarah Neumann-St Peter, Kirkwood PSR, Kirkwood
3rd  $75 AnnieRestovich, St. Alban Roe, $75 Anna Stirton, John Paul II Prep,$75 DelaneyCarey-St Peter-Kirkwood

Teacher of First Place $125
Mrs. Janet Wallace, St Mary Margaret Alacoque (Boys)
Mrs. Therese Thieret, St. Mark's (Girls) 

High School Sophomore Vocation Essay: Attention all Sophomores

1st Place $1,000: Paul Reddy – St. Louis University High School, St. Ferdinand
2nd Place Tie: $500 Joseph Kosta – Bishop DuBourg High School, St. Francis of Assisi
2nd Place Tie: $500 Jeremy Sutterer – St. Dominic High School, St. Joseph Cottleville
3rd Place Tie: $250 John Henke – St. Dominic High School, St. Joseph Cottleville
3rd Place Tie: $250 Jimmy Fiudo – John F. Kennedy High School, Ascension

1st Place $1,000: Kateri Koch – St. Dominic High School, St. Joseph Cottleville
2nd Place Tie $500: Abbey Jennings – St. Dominic High School, St. Joseph Cottleville
2nd Place Tie $500: Olivia Scheberly – John F. Kennedy High School, St. Monica
3rd Place Tie $250: Lilly Bettag – Ursuline Academy, Christ Prince of Peace,
3rd Place Tie $250: Kristen Kostecki – St. Dominic High School, St. Joseph Cottleville

Dan Huss, Youth Minister - Incarnate Word Youth $250
Mrs. Shelley Lang, Teacher - St. Dominic High School $125
Mr. Gregory Koeller, Teacher -  St Dominic High School $125


Vocation Talk Opportunity with Fr. Brian Fallon

Fr. Brian Fallon, Asociate 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 and religious sisters 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 at your school. 

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 ~