Vocations

Diocese of Syracuse Bishop Douglas J. Lucia declared a Year of Vocations beginning Nov. 14, 2020. He has declared the year under patronage of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. This page is full of resources for those considering a vocation and those who wish to help.

Do you feel God is offering you the grace of a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life? Call Fr. Jason Hage at the Office of Vocation Promotion: 315-470-1468.


NEW! The Syracuse Diocese is posting personal testimony videos on calls to holiness via its Facebook page. Look for the #YearOfVocations hashtag on the video page every Friday.

NEW! Fisherman’s Club Spring 2021 – All are welcome to attend the Fisherman’s Club, which is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Vocation Promotion that aims to reach college-age and young adult men who are thinking about the priesthood. The mission of “FC” is to build fraternity among young adult Catholic men as well as provide these men with tools for mature discernment of their vocation. These meetings will take place this year at St. Mary’s Church in Cortland due to the pandemic, and will go from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Spring meeting dates are as follows: Tuesday, February 23; Tuesday, March 23; and Tuesday, April 20. For more information, please contact Fr. Nathan Brooks, the coordinator of this outreach, at NBrooks@syrdio.org.


Bishop Lucia invites you to join him in a Consecration of the Diocese of Syracuse to St. Joseph. Beginning on February 15, 2021 and continuing for 33 days, the consecration will culminate in a diocesan celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at noon on March 19, 2021. Honoring both the Year of St. Joseph and the Year of Vocations, the consecration invokes the intercession of St. Joseph as patron of the Universal Church, and brings our diocesan family under his care and protection. The consecration is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to our baptismal calling, reminiscent of Joseph rising from a dream-filled sleep with renewed resolution to take Mary as his wife.

The daily prayers of consecration will be available to you in several ways: Email, Audio (podcast), Print (available for download), Social media. Register for the consecration at https://tinyurl.com/sjconsecration.


Visit the Office of Vocation Promotion website here.

Watch video testimonies of ordained priests here.

Are you being called to be a priest? Ask yourself these questions.

Prayer tools for discernment.

Frequently asked questions about the priesthood.

Want to talk with a priest? Here are more ways you can contact a priest in the diocese.

What can everyone else do? Fr. Hage asks in The Catholic Sun for “you to consider joining our team of ‘Prayer Advocates‘ for the Office of Vocation Promotion. All you would have to do is offer a Holy Hour or Rosary or sacrifices/fasting on a regular basis for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our diocese. If all of us commit to this corporate act of prayer, that means we will be constantly storming heaven as a diocesan community for this special intention. I am convinced that this kind of spiritual endeavor will have a lasting impact on the future of our diocese.”