National Vocation Awareness Week

The Catholic Church is now celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week, backed by the National Catholic Sisters Project. The weeklong celebration, which runs from Nov. 4-10, is a special time for parishes and Catholic organizations in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations men and women.

This marks the 43rd annual celebration of National Vocation Awareness Week, which was launched by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us,” Pope Francis wrote earlier this year in a message on vocations. “He is God-with-us, who walks along the often dusty paths of our lives. He knows our anxious longing for love and He calls us to joy.”

As you mark National Vocation Awareness Week, keep the National Catholic Sisters Project in mind as a resource. From our one-of-a-kind online curriculum on women religious to the wellspring of original storytelling and podcasts about Catholic sisters housed at, we have an abundance of material to share. It illuminates religious life in fresh and compelling ways.  

More information and resources for National Vocation Awareness Week – including a prayer card, suggested Prayers of the Faithful and bulletin-ready blurbs – are available here.

Related reading: the official press release on National Vocation Awareness Week 2018  

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.