"Vocations Start Here"
The "Vocations Start Here" initiative will both support current U.S. seminarians, as well as encourage high school youth around the country to consider the priesthood or religious life as a vocational call from Christ.
In 2011 a survey was sent out to all seminaries across the United States and it was discovered that 49% of seminarians had some contact with a Life Teen event in high school, and 30% of them directly attributed their choice to enter the seminary to their experiences with Life Teen. Through summer camps and conferences, Life Teen hosted over 13,000 teenagers at events around the country in 2012 and that number will increase in 2013. That provides us with a tremendous opportunity to introduce the teenagers to the Vocation of Religious Life and show them that these Priests, Nuns, and seminarians are joy-filled men and women in their Vocations.
Life Teen’s goals are to transform teens, transform parishes, and transform culture; the "Vocations Start Here" initiative has a profound impact on all three areas. Life Teen has a strong commitment to fostering vocations for all people, and we want to continue to build up the young Church by introducing all seminarians to effective youth ministry so they can continue to have a passion for the youth when they become Priests. Our Sunday Visitor provided a generous grant of $10,000 to provide seminarians with the ability to attend any of our Life Teen camps hold in Georgia and/or our Leadership Conference at Benedictine College in the summer of 2013. They will have a chance to interact with teens on an everyday basis as well as ignite their own faith and passion for leading others closer to Christ. This will introduce them to working with youth, as well as give teenagers full access to ask questions and learn more about entering a religious vocation.
About Life Teen
Life Teen, Inc. is an international Catholic movement, founded in 1985 in Mesa, Arizona. Life Teen serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith. Life teen creates and provides various Catechetical and Training resources for high school and middle school youth ministry programs. There are currently over 1086 parishes in the U.S. and Canada, and 23 countries throughout the world implementing Life Teen resources. Life Teen hosts dozens of national and regional training conferences for priests, youth ministers and catechists, supper camp experiences for teens, work camps, leadership trainings and Eucharistic-centered youth rallies. In addition, Life Teen currently hosts four websites, publishes books, creates DVDs and supplies ongoing phone and prayer support to thousands of Catholic parishes. Life Teen has a passion for vocations, and that is at the heart of the program requesting money in this grant application.