Section Five: Vocations to the Priesthood, Deaconate and Consecrated Life
At the sight of the crowds, [Jesus’] heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Mt. 9:36-38).
Goal I: We will engage Catholics in promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate andconsecrated life in our homes, parishes and Catholic schools.
Goal II: We will support existing forms of consecrated life, and welcome expressions of consecrated life new to the diocese.
Certainly, a generous commitment is needed—above all through insistent prayer to the Lord of the harvest (cf. Mt 9:38)—in promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.... In some traditionally Christian countries, the situation has become dramatic, due to changed social circumstances and a religious disinterest resulting from the consumer and secularist mentality. There is a pressing need to implement an extensive plan of vocational promotion, based on personal contact and involving parishes, schools and families... (John Paul II, Novo Millenio Ineunte, 47).