"Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision.... Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love."
—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013


The Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations assists bishops in promoting, supporting, and educating about the Church’s pastoral needs and concerns for the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life within culturally diverse communities of the United States; and in addressing issues concerning the life and ministry of bishops. The committee develops foundational documents and appropriate resources that promote the effective ministry of the clerical state, consecrated life, and vocations.


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Presentation at the National Association of College Seminaries 2021 Conference


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