Seminarian Dominic Mirenda tells of his vocation story to parishioners at St. Agnes, West Chester.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is celebrating the local observance of National Vocation Awareness Week (Sunday, November 6 – Saturday, November 12, 2022).

This national initiative of the Roman Catholic Church is intended to raise awareness about and promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated religious life.

During this weeklong celebration, the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has planned various events across the five-county region for families and communities to gather together and pray for and support vocations.

National Vocation Awareness Week is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and began in 1976.

Holy Hoops

Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
Our Lady of Good Counsel
611 Knowles Avenue
Southampton, PA 18966

Come out and cheer on the players as the seminarians and high school CYO Team of Our Lady of Good Counsel play a lively game of basketball! Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. prior to the game.

Holy Hours for Vocations

All are invited to gather before the Blessed Sacrament and pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life as well as for those men and women who are currently in formation.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Saints Simon & Jude Parish (Chapel)
8 Cavanaugh Court
West Chester, PA

Rev. Mr. Anthony Albanese, Transitional Deacon, will be the presider and homilist.

Friday, November 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Patrick Church
703 Green Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Rev. Mr. Randy Kraft, Transitional Deacon, will be the presider and homilist.

For additional information on vocations to the diocesan priesthood or National Vocations Awareness Week activities, please contact the Vocations Office for the Diocesan Priesthood at 610-667-5778 or visit