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Congress says family retreats will produce religious vocations

To get more young people to think about vocations, churches should offer family retreats, and priests and religious should talk more about their own vocations, according to participants attending regional meetings about vocations being held across the United States and Canada.

The meetings, focusing on promoting vocations in North America, are preparing for the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to be held in Montreal in April.

At meetings in St Louis and Arlington, Virginia, participants cited several obstacles to pursuing vocations that included a lack of joy evident among priests and religious, a misconception of the lifestyle, not enough information about what vocations require and a lack of visibility of priests and religious in today's society.