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.