National Vocation Awareness Week

In the first full week of November, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week. This week-long celebration is an annual opportunity to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

As one of the largest Catholic seminaries in the United States, Mundelein Seminary is on the front lines of priestly formation for parishes in more than 25 dioceses across the country and around the world. Since 1921, thousands of seminarians have prayed, studied and discerned at Mundelein. After ordination, these holy, joyful priests have gone on to serve as a bridge between Christ and His people, accompanying their parishioners at the most crucial moments of their lives and reaching out to those on the margins who urgently need to recognize God’s love and mercy in their lives.


Browse the videos and links below to hear vocation stories from some of our current seminarians and alumni priests, and follow us on social media to keep up with our seminarians discerning their call at Mundelein Seminary.

Most importantly, please ask the Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women.  May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.

Together with you in Christ, we are Mundelein. We form parish priests.

Vocation Stories

Deacon Derek Hooper (Diocese of Jefferson City) preaches on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 20, 2020.
Audio courtesy of St. Joseph’s in Libertyville.

Seth Hostetler (Third Theology) and Lee Noel (Second Pre-Theology) of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming talk about how they initially discerned their vocations to the priesthood and what life and the Church are like in their rural home diocese compared to the Archdiocese of Chicago. They also share what they learned in seminary this week.

Father Kyle Manno (Mundelein Seminary Class of 2016) interviews seminarians about why they feel called to the priesthood.

“Trust Christ; listen attentively to his teachings, fix your eyes on his face, persevere in listening to his Word. Allow Him to focus your search and your aspirations, all your ideals and the desires of your heart.”

- St. John Paul II -