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Parents Resources and Testimonials


It is a challenge today to create a culture of vocation that will encourage and assist our youngest members to respond to God's call. As a parent, you can perform no higher undertaking than to be an example of the Catholic faith and to establish a culture of vocation in your home.

As a parent, you want what is best for your child, but you may not be sure of what to do if your son or daughter mentions the possibility of the priesthood or religious life. This section is for you! It offers answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and perspectives from other parents of young people discerning their call to a life of service in the Church.

It also includes prayers, links and downloads to encourage families to pray together for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. The purpose is to help families become more aware of the need for vocations and of the possibility that God may be calling a member of their family to serve the Church in this way.

The resources provided here are to help parents plant the seeds of religious vocation early and to keep them watered! Vocation discernment can be an integral part of the faith formation of children. Information is provided to help parents understand and support their child’s call.



O Holy Family of Nazareth, community of love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, model and ideal of every Christian family, to you we entrust our families.

Open the heart of every family to the faith, to welcoming the word of God, to Christian witness, so that it become a source of new and holy vocations.

Touch the hearts of parents, so that with prompt charity, wise care, and loving devotion they be for their sons and daughters sure guides towards spiritual and eternal values.

Stir up in the hearts of young people a right conscience and a free will, so that growing in "wisdom, age and grace", they might welcome generously the gift of a divine vocation.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that all of us, contemplating and imitating the assiduous prayer, generous obedience, dignified poverty and virginal purity lived out in your midst, might set about fulfilling the will of God and accompanying with far-sighted sensitivity those among us who are called to follow more closely the Lord Jesus, who "has given himself for us" (cf. Gal 2:20).




This section will highlight the perspectives of parents whose sons or daughters have become priests or consecrated. Whether we are young or old we are always children of our parents. Although we do not always want to listen to them, what they say is important to us. The following reflections of parents will help you see their perspective on their children’s discernment. Pay attention particularly to how the parents’ lives were affected by their children’s decision.

"Getting to know more Priests and seminarians has given us a beautiful, real-life picture of the wonderful human beings that are our present and future Priests"

Reaction of St. John Vianney’s parents when he told them he wanted to be a priest

St. John Vianney was the fourth of eight brothers. Like many other saints, St. John came from very Christian parents. His father owned a farm and his mother was a native of the village of Ecully, located close to the city of Lyons. Since childhood his parents would take him to the farm where he learned to be a shepherd. In these long hours of work, he received the conviction to be a Priest. He said to himself: “If I’m a Priest I can win many souls for God.” He shared this thought with his mother, who offered her support, but his father gave him great struggles. Two years passed before his father accepted his son’s inspiration to be a Priest.

Larry and Sharon Lonergan are the parents of Kevin Lonergan, who is a seminarian at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia

How did your son’s decision to enter the seminary affect your own Catholic faith?  Our Catholic faith has been made more prayerful and enriched by Kevin’s decision to enter the seminary.  We have also come to realize the humanness behind the vestments and the collar of a Priest.

We have become more active in our parish liturgies and other activities.  The power of prayers and the answers to them are more focused on our son and the other men who are discerning God’s call to His Priesthood.  We hope that when parishioners see us, they pray for our son and for an increase of others to follow on his path to Holy Orders.  Our diocese has seen restructuring because of a lack of Priests to serve so many Catholics.  We need many more men to sacrifice their lives to keep Christ’s life meaningful to the faithful.

Getting to know more Priests and seminarians has given us a beautiful, real-life picture of the wonderful human beings that are our present and future Priests.  We feel that if we support our clergy and Kevin’s peers and mentors, then, one day, other parents will show the same charity to our son as he represents the Son of God here on earth.

Compliments of the Diocese of Allentown

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