Priests are spiritual fathers to God’s faithful people who nurture our spiritual growth from baptism to our final blessing. Through their sacramental ministry and personal presence, they continue to give us life.

During #FathersWeek, the faithful are encouraged to show their appreciation for their favorite spiritual fathers by encouraging vocations, personally thanking priests, and sharing stories and photos of their favorite priests on social media using #FathersWeek.

1. Encourage Vocations to the Priesthood

You can encourage vocations to the priesthood in many ways, including the following:

Prayer. The most important thing you can do for your priest is to pray for him. As Pope Francis said, “Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” This Father’s Day, commit to praying publicly and/or privately for vocations and the priesthood. In your prayer, thank God for priests and seminarians who have embraced the call to serve the Lord and His Church and ask that more young men to respond to the call.

Invitation. On average, new priests indicate that at least four people encouraged them to consider the priesthood. Think about the men in your life and invite them to consider God’s call in their own lives. Encourage them to reach out to their diocese’s Vocation Director to find out more about entering the priesthood.

Vocational Clubs and Committees. There are many organizations which foster the priesthood. Consider joining the Serra Club, an organization of Catholic laity supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life, or get involved with a group or committee that fosters a culture of vocations in your parish. Explore the many opportunities that exist within your family and communities to help enrich vocations. If those opportunities do not exist within your community, speak with your pastor about establishing a parish vocations committee.

2. Post Photos, Messages, Stories Using #FathersWeekexample2

Share the good news of the priesthood! Use #FathersWeek to share inspirational stories of the priesthood, messages of thanks, and photos of favorite priests.

Priests can also use #FathersWeek to share their own vocation story and to share their priestly joy.

3. Personally Thank a Priest

Be sure to personally thank your parish priest for his priesthood on Father’s Day. Here are some examples:

  • Thank your priest for bringing the sacraments to your parish and for his dedication to the Lord and His Church.
  • Write a note with a personal and meaningful message about the ways in which he has made a difference in your life.
  • Compliment him on his homily after Mass.
  • Send a card on special days such as his birthday, ordination anniversary, or Father’s Day.

Download & Distribute

Share the #FathersWeek initiative by downloading the Tool Kit and distributing among your family, friends, and parishioners.

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