A call to serve the Church as a priest or Religious Sister comes from God and parents play an important role in making that call heard and by being mirrors of God’s unconditional love. The support parents lend to a young person’s discernment process is more important than any other figure in their life. This reality can sometimes cause a young person to keep their discernment private. They may fear that their parent’s reaction will be less than supportive.

As a parent, you want what is best for your child, but you may not be sure of what to do if your son or daughter mentions the possibility of the priesthood or religious life. This section is for you! It offers answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and perspectives from other parents of young people discerning their call to a life of service in the Church.

Please click here to few some helpful parent resources on the USCCB’s website.


Prayer for Parents

O Holy Family of Nazareth, community of love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, model and ideal of every Christian family, to you we entrust our families.

Open the heart of every family to the faith, to welcoming the word of God, to Christian witness, so that it become a source of new and holy vocations.

Touch the hearts of parents, so that with prompt charity, wise care, and loving devotion they be for their sons and daughters sure guides towards spiritual and eternal values.

Stir up in the hearts of young people a right conscience and a free will, so that growing in “wisdom, age and grace”, they might welcome generously the gift of a divine vocation.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that all of us, contemplating and imitating the assiduous prayer, generous obedience, dignified poverty and virginal purity lived out in your midst, might set about fulfilling the will of God and accompanying with far-sighted sensitivity those among us who are called to follow more closely the Lord Jesus, who “has given himself for us” (cf. Gal 2:20).