Serrans in Brazil have developed the idea of the “Moment of Practice.” At each club meeting, new ideas are proposed and selected to be translated into action, then monitored and reported at subsequent meetings. For example: visiting schools and lecturing students on vocations, asking them to write down on paper their future intentions related to vocation or professional orientation, paying special attention to the students manifesting priestly or religious intentions.
In India, at a Catholic school in Bangalore, they hold an annual “Scripture Quiz” for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders. The average number of students participating each year has been about 125, and the event has become very popular. In addition, in several Catholic middle and high schools, the professionally-produced multimedia audiovisual program, “Leave Your Boat and Follow Me,” was presented to students. A young priest or nun joins the Serrans and shares their vocational story. Over the years, several confirmations have arrived that some young people who have attended these presentations have entered the seminary.
In the UK, Vocation Awareness events are offered in several high schools in a very organized and meticulous manner. In addition, a parish program of bulletin inserts helps identify ways people can foster vocations, called “5 things you can do to promote vocations as a parent/grandparent/teacher/single/young person/young man in his 20s or 30s/parent of a teenager/parent of an elementary school child.”
In Italy, the focus is on creating opportunities for young men and women to participate in various competitions (National School; Contest and Photo Contest) aimed at encouraging them to reflect on important values in life, including their call to a vocation, among them vocations to priestly and religious life. Efforts are made to reach out to public school students.