Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, Lacon, IL

The internet can be used to find good candidates.

The Austin, TX diocese has some good points on finding candidates for religious life and the priesthood. Here are a few that they take from the National Religious Vocations Conference:

  • Membership in the Catholic Church
  • Generally good health
  • Adequate intellectual ability
  • Healthy relationships, including good friends
  • Sense of humor

It also suggests where to look for religious candidates, and how to invite them to think about a vocation. For where such people can be found, it lists various parish functions, such as lector, Eucharistic minister, and so on.

I don’t know how old this list is, but I would add to that the internet. Building a list of friends and interested persons can be gotten from Facebook, or with an enewsletter with a sign-up form on your website. You can also lead chat groups, and teach classes about your charism on your website via a chat function, as we are doing at Visitation Spirit’s Living Jesus Chat Room.