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Major findings of national study

November 5, 2015

Here are the major findings of the “2015 NRVC/CARA Study on the Role of the Family in Nurturing Vocations.”


Start with a strong Catholic foundation

– Family members of seminarians, priests and religious are usually Catholic themselves and are more likely than Catholics in general to have attended a Catholic school. They are more likely than other Catholic adults to say that their Catholic faith is the most important part of their daily life. One in five had a priest or a religious already in their extended family.

– These family members report a more engaged prayer life than do other Catholic parents or other Catholic adults in general. Nearly nine in 10 pray daily, compared to just over half of U.S. Catholic adults and just over a third of Catholic parents. They also feel more strongly than Catholic adults in general that it is important that younger generations of the family grow up Catholic.


Build a culture of vocation in families

– Religious faith was at least “somewhat” important to these families at the time their family members were considering a vocation. Six in 10 say the family was attending Mass together weekly and a quarter say the family typically prayed at home together daily, apart from prayers at meals.

– Family members were engaged in their faith in public ways. Eight in 10 were active in parish life, two in three say the family participated in eucharistic adoration, and three in five say the family prayed the rosary together.

– Families typically ate dinner together daily and two in three report that the family gathered together at least once a week for a game or movie night, family discussion or family prayer.

– More than half report that Catholic media, such as books, movies and TV, were important religious activities in the family. About the same proportion say that volunteer or charitable service in the community were important to the family.


Support and promote vocations in families

– More than half of responding family members say they have encouraged a family member to consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life. Most often, it is parents or grandparents who encourage vocational discernment.

– Family members recommend acceptance, encouragement, and support for those considering a vocation. They suggest that families should uphold priesthood and religious life as options for young people when they are exploring and considering their future.

For more information, visit https://nrvc.net/295/article/executive-summary-8852.

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