Vocation directors report increased interest

October 11, 2010

New revelations of clergy sex abuse and the Vatican apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of women religious have not discouraged U.S. Catholics from considering a religious vocation.

The majority of vocation directors see an increase in inquiries for the fourth straight year, says a new survey.

The survey, commissioned by the Vision Vocation Guide and conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 23, received responses from 431 “vocation inquirers” and 175 vocation directors.

The majority of the vocation inquirers said they were very serious about choosing religious life; 18 per cent saying they planned to enter a religious community in the next year.

Nearly 84 per cent of the respondents considering a vocation said prayer was the most essential element in their decision-making process.

Asked what attracts them most to a particular religious community, nearly three-quarters chose “living a life of faithfulness to the Church and its teachings” as an essential element.