WELCOME to the 2021 VOCATION RALLY!
This year’s Vocation Rally is a multi-media event with videos and activities for students throughout the archdiocese. Let’s teach our children how to listen and respond to God’s call!
Welcome Video from Archbishop Sample
Archbishop Alexander Sample is thrilled to share a brief message with you about vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
REALLY KNOWING JESUS
WITH FR. MATT LIBRA & SR. ALISON GREEN, SSMO
Matt Libra is a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. He is the pastor of St. Rose of Lima parish and school in North East Portland. In his keynote address he shares with us how to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sr. Alison Green, SSMO is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. She is a teacher at Valley Catholic Middle School in Beaverton and is also part of a vocation team for her religious community. In the second part of the presentation, Sr. Alison teaches about what a vocation is and shares the wisdom of the saints with us.
VIDEOS to WATCH & DISCUSS
VOCATION PANEL DISCUSSION
WITH FR. JEFF EIRVIN, VOCATION DIRECTOR
When a young man or woman begins to think about the possibility of a religious vocation the first thing they want to do is hear stories about how others answered the call. We often think that being called to the priesthood or consecrated life comes with the heavens opening up and God saying, “Be a priest!” “Be a sister!” Of course, that does not happen (too often). The call is usually more subtle and ordinary. Some say it is like falling in love. Listen to a Benedictine Monk (Br. Anselm Flores), a Carmelite Sister (Sr. Juana Maria), a Sister of St. Mary’s of Oregon (Sr. Maria Kieu Tran) and a diocesan seminarian (Matthew Knight) share a bit about their call.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES
WITHIN OUR ARCHDIOCESE
Meet some of the men and women religious communities that are right here in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon and learn about their particular charisms in the Church.
The world’s most famous trivia show – on vocations!
An awesome Powerpoint download that allows you to play a full round of jeopardy. Categories include Saints, Prayers, Bible Stories, and more. A fun and challenging game!
A printable classroom game
Play a game of bingo, but instead of letters and numbers, you’ll be calling out words like “bishop” and “vows” and “novice.” Be sure to print out all the bingo cards in the download, 17 pages total.
An action guessing game
In this verison of charades, students will first receive a list of “vocation vocabulary words.” Then a student will act out one of the words or phrases as the classroom guess things like “convent” or “novice” or even harder, “charism.”
VOCATION POSTER CONTEST
USE YOUR IMAGINATION!
WINNER WILL BE FEATURED ON OUR NEXT VOCATION PRAYER CARD FOR YOUTH!
As in years past, we are inviting each student to get creative and design a poster inspired by our theme:
Relationship with Christ.
The original artwork can be no larger than 11×17 inch paper and no less than 300 dpi.
SUBMIT BY MAY 16th
Classrooms are encouraged to send us the top three designs or individuals may send us their artwork by Sunday, May 16th. We will then announce the winner on our website on Thursday, May 27th. This year’s winning poster will be used for our next Vocation Prayer Card!
To submit designs, please include the artists’ name, age, and contact information. Please mail (in a tube if possible) or hand deliver your final designs to:
Office of Vocations
Attn: Poster Contest
2838 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214
Or email your design to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email us if you have any questions.
All submissions give the Archdiocese rights to publish, display, and distribute the artwork.
Last year’s Children’s Vocation Prayer Card was a simple line drawing. But yours can be as colorful and creative as you want!
TEACHERS – HOW’D WE DO?
Would you give us some quick feedback on the videos and materials for our virtual vocation rally?