Diocesan Vocations Facebook page
In the USA some Directors of Vocations are now using social media websites as a fruitful way to reach out to potential candidates for the priesthood.
According to a survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research at Georgetown University, approximately 25% of the potential ordinands to the priesthood in 2011 stated that they were influenced in their decisions by various vocation websites,
The survey questioned 480 ordinands on various topics, including their education and the factors that led to their decision. Of the 333 people who responded, 23 percent named websites as an influence on their decision to join the priesthood. It is an easy way for communication to begin with the local Director of Vocations. Some candidates have stated that "It's a lot easier to talk to people on Facebook than to call them on the phone”
Bridgeport Diocese is reaping tangible rewards since starting a “Bridgeport Vocations Facebook page” about two years ago. It currently has more than 200 followers. It is worth noting that since the diocese began using the social media in its recruitment efforts, the number of its seminarians has doubled. There are about 40 men at the St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford.
It is worth remembering that if Facebook were a state, it would be the fifth largest country in the world.
Diocesan Vocations Facebook Page
Why not ask this special army of volunteers to pray both for priests and vocations.
Should be encouraged to produce interesting programs and articles for their viewers, listeners and readers about their local priests
Every priest has a fascinating story to relate about why he became a priest.
Vocations Guide to Priesthood