Promoting a Culture of Vocations in Marist Schools
Teachers have a responsibility and unique opportunity to guide their students in awareness of God and God’s overwhelming love for each person. They nurture in youth that personal relationship with the Lord, through which a student will gradually come to hear the Lord’s vocational invitation and be able to respond. Teachers and parents create the right conditions and God does the rest.
The following listing is an attempt to offer you some practical guides in helping to advance a culture of vocations in your particular school.
1) Provide opportunities for young people to work on service projects with the Marist Brothers. (Contact Br. Todd Patenaude.)
2) Build vocation education into each level of religion curriculum and acquaint students with the various types of Church ministries and apostolates.*
3) Ask a local Marist community to sponsor a short evening program, e.g. prayer, discussion, meal, for an interested group of students. (i.e. Marist Senior Group.** or Students surfaced from the “Called by Name” program.)
4) Have students prepare and lead prayer services on call/vocation. (Vocation Resource page.)
5) Use bulletin boards, school media, and announcements to promote vocation awareness as well as USA Marist province and local diocesan events.(Vocation Resource page.)
6) Help students to know and recognize and even interview the people who have already responded to religious life in your school. (A number of video projects are being launched by individual schools and Marist Young Adults. Contact Br. Todd Patenaude for information.)
7) Make available religious vocation materials in religion and study centers, guidance offices, libraries, etc. (Contact Br. Todd Patenaude or Vocation Resource page.)
8) Encourage students to pray that they might discover and use the gifts that God has given them. (Vocation Resource page, Make A Difference! A Guide for Life Choice, NCCV pamphlet; Marist Senior Group.**)
9) Explore through Scripture different ways God calls people and their various responses to that call. (Vocation Resource page.)
10) Promote understanding of religious vocations through reading and projects about Founders of religious orders (Vocation Resource page, “A Heart That Knew No Bounds,” Life of Champagnat.)
11) Celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, if not in January, anytime of the year. (Vocation Resource page.)
12) Sponsor contests with vocation awareness themes, e.g. creative writing, posters, photography, ppt presentations, videos, etc.