The vocations committee assists the Basilica of St. Paul community in fulfilling and
advancing its mission of fostering vocations. The committee does this by reminding parish members to respond to God’s call in their lives, especially to ordained ministry and consecrated life. The vocations committee exists to support our pastor and ministerial staff as they shepherd the entire parish family through initiatives of prayer, promotion, mentoring, and invitation.
Each year, the committee provides a Basilica prayer for vocations. At the 8:30 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00pm masses, a Basilica prayer chalice is passed from one family to another to pray for vocations during the week. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in having the prayer chalice in your home for the week.
The committee also periodically coordinates speakers, poster contests, and promotional literature for vocations. It supports Focus 11, which is a Diocesan vocational awareness program for 11 year olds (6th graders) and 11th graders.
Annually, the vocations committee participates in a vocations mass and workshop presented by the Diocese of Orlando. In 2011, the Basilica of St. Paul’s vocations committee was recognized by Bishop John Noonan for outstanding service in promoting vocations.
The vocations committee sponsors the “31 Club,” in which a person commits to offering 31 masses for vocations. Members of the “31 Club” are published in the bulletin for one year.
Finally, near the north entrance of the Church in the vestibule, there is a “Vocations Corner” which provides literature and information about vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.