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Some youth say just talking about a vocation helps them consider it

Catholic News Service in the US this week profiled a group at the Jesuit-run St Louis University, where a possible religious or priestly vocation is on the agenda for students who talk about it in conversation.

The feature says members of the group "frequently serve at Mass, and they are all discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood".

They discuss vocation, and other aspects of Catholic faith and doctrine as members of the Edmund Campion Society.

About half of them are considering a vocation.

"Many of the guys who are part of this group are pretty committed to becoming teachers and bringing a Catholic presence to the classroom," Olsen told the St. Louis Review, newspaper of the St. Louis Archdiocese.

"Some are called to be teachers, some to be priests, and some to both.

Some of the girls, in their mind is religious life, and some people are pretty certain their calling is to marriage."

Lundgren said one reason he wanted to go to a Catholic college was to be able to discuss his faith and to explore a vocation he has thought about off and on since eighth grade.

Sailer said that through the Campion Society he gained friends to talk to who shared his thoughts, fears and uncertainties.

Some youths say just talking about a vocation helps them consider it (Catholic News Service 1/2/05)

St Louis University

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3 Feb 2005