Are you being ‘called by name?’
Email campaign takes on search for future priests
The Catholic Church is looking for a few good men.
If you think that you, or someone else you know, would make a strong candidate for the priesthood, the Catholic Church is asking you to take a chance and investigate the possibility.
“Called by Name” is an email campaign designed to identify future priests for the Diocese of Dodge City. The campaign, which kicked off in early October, is asking all priests, deacons, sisters, Catholic educators and many others throughout the diocese to submit the names of young men who are high school juniors or older who they think may make good priests. Submit the information by visiting the Called by Name website at calledbyname.info/dodgecity. The office will then send these men invitations to discernment events, as well as other information that will help them to discern their vocations.
Since the campaign began, more than 40 names have been received from the Diocese of Dodge City.
“We believe that our future priests will come from our own parishes and schools, but we need your help to identify them,” said Becky Hessman, coordinator of vocations. “We would like to have names submitted by the end of October, but you are always welcome to submit names throughout the year. It only takes a moment, but it could make a world of difference. Your name will remain anonymous.”
The campaign is not new, but the method is. With email replacing regular mail as the primary communication tool, the campaign has been redesigned for the digital age.
A campaign recently held in a diocese smaller than the Diocese of Dodge City resulted in more than 790 names being submitted.
Those who submit names are encouraged to include information about that person, such as the level of interest they may have in the priesthood.
For more information, visit calledbyname.info/dodgecity, or call Hessman at (620) 227-1530.