Do you know what the single most important influence can be on a person’s vocation? Is is a really cool website? No. Is it a glossy poster? No. Is it more prayers for vocations? Well, like all the above it can help. But the single thing that can make or break a vocation is the support / discouragement from a parent, priest or friend. Parents though have the strongest ability to discourage a vocation.
Are you a parent? How would you feel if your son or daughter expressed interest in a religious vocation?
The US Bishops have an interest study of the men being ordained in 2009. Note the 3 good friars from our own Conventual Franciscan community and the other friars (OFM & OFM Cap). Francis would be happy!
Here’s a visual hightlight of the study results compiled by CNS.