As educators, whether in the classroom, parish, athletic field, or whatever the setting, we have a responsibility to invite, encourage and walk with young people as they discern God’s call in their lives.
It can be as simple as affirming a young person’s gifts, talents, attitudes, behaviors, or actions.
It can be as simple as affirming gifts and talents, or asking questions- who do you see yourself becoming? What are you passionate about? What gives purpose to your life? Who are you called to serve? Have you ever thought about being a teacher? Have you ever thought about being a Brother?
“This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
As Brothers, our Rule says, “the entire People of God is responsible for awakening vocations in the Church.” What a privileged invitation and opportunity we have as educators and youth ministers to walk with young people in their vocation journeys and discernment, encouraging them along the way.
Here are some tools you use to invite, encourage, and walk with young people:
Ways for Educators/Ministers to Promote Vocations
Ten simple approaches to further bring to life a culture of vocations with young people.
Daily Vocation Prayers
Weekday prayers to intentionally pray for vocations in our Church and world.
Awakening the Vision
From the Diocese of Arlington, VA, some simple how-to ideas and definitions for teachers to promote vocations in their classrooms.
VISION Vocation Guide
A wealth of vocation and discernment resources. Encourage young people to take their Vocation Match survey.
Vocation Video Lesson Plans
Check out these videos of Brothers sharing their vocation journeys in their own words and consider utilizing or adapting these lesson plans to use.
Lesson Plan – Vocation and the Best Version of Myself