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Schweitz Urges "Better Strategy" to Increase Vocations

Archbishop Roger Schwietz of Anchorage, Alaska and Chair Person for the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Vocations sounded the trumpet for vocations in saying that if the Catholic Church really wants to increase vocations, it needs a better strategy.

In an article in America he pointed out: "To date the church has addressed the vocation problem in scattershot fashion -- and with scattershot results."

He said that about 80 percent of U.S. dioceses have vocation recruitment programs, noting that "unfortunately that means 20 percent do not." He highly stressed: "Keep concern for vocations in front of people; make priests and religious visible among the young; (and) help young people believe they can make a difference and nurture a spiritual life."