"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.


National Vocations Awareness Week 2020

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2020.  This is a special time for parishes and dioceses to foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.


Latest News

Press Release Announcing 2019-2020 Permanent Diaconate CARA Study (June 30, 2020)

Statement from Bishop James Checchio regarding World Day for the Sanctification of Priests (June 12, 2020)

Press Release Announcing Ordination Class of 2020 CARA Study (April 23, 2020)

Meet the Ordination Class of 2020 

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