Volunteering Linked to Vocations

A just-released study of more than 5,000 former full-time volunteers shows that 37 percent had considered a vocation to priesthood or religious life. Twenty-seven percent said they had considered such a vocation "very seriously." A total of 6 percent had actually entered religious life or diocesan priesthood or were preparing to enter.

The 6 percent proportion who became sisters, brothers, or priests (or were in formation) represent a higher level of church vocations than is typical for the general Catholic population. Furthermore, the proportion of former volunteers who have considered religious life or priesthood is also higher than normal for Catholics.

The study was sponsored by the Catholic Volunteer Network and was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). 

Check out CARA http://cara.georgetown.edu/ or Catholic Volunteer Network https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/volunteer-introspective-survey-former-volunteers-catholic-volunteer-network for more information.


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