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Partner Benefits

February 14, 2018


Become a Partner

Do you wish to learn more about supporting young adults in their discernment of vocation? Partnership is open to:

  • Men’s and women’s religious communities
  • College and university campus ministry
  • Vocational ministry programs
  • Full-time volunteer programs
  • Young adult ministry programs
  • Parishes

Catholics on Call 

Catholics on Call is a national vocations discovery initiative, reaching out to young adults, ages 18-30, through our website (, Young Adult Conferences, and local reunions.  These programs are intended to complement the efforts of our Partners in their ministry to young adults who are considering a life of service in the Church as a lay ecclesial minister, religious sister or brother, or priest.  Catholics on Call offers a pressure-free environment in which young adults are invited and encouraged to consider life of service. 

Young Adult Conference

The Catholics on Call Young Adult Conference is a national program, featuring well-known speakers to enrich the lives of young adults in the process of discovery and discernment.  The conferences consist of a blend of presentations, shared prayer in various forms, personal reflection and group discussion, interaction with outstanding pastoral ministers, and theological reflection.  There are also opportunities for individual meetings with mentors, as well as recreation and personal interaction with peers.

Conference topics include the following:

“Biblical Foundations of Call”

“Grace Upon Grace:  A Theology of Vocation"

“Foundations and Dynamics of Prayer”

“What Is Discernment and How Does It Happen?”

Frequent presenters include:  Laurie Brink, OP, Stephen Bevans, SVD, Robin Ryan, CP, and Sallie Latkovich, CSJ.

Young adults are invited to apply to participate in the conference according to the admission guidelines, which, along with the application itself, can be found here.  The registration fee is $100.00 and includes room and board.  Partners are asked to help their sponsored young adults with travel expenses. Conference participants are also invited to attend a local reunion held in different places during the wintertime, designed to encourage further reflection on and integration of the summer experience.

Catholics on Call participants are active Catholic men and women, ages 18-30, who are thinking about pursuing a life of service in the Church and who are open to meeting a diverse group of peers asking similar questions about the future.  It is not for those who have formally entered a process of formation for religious life, priesthood, or lay ecclesial ministry.  The exception to this principle is a lay minister who is considering religious life or the priesthood.

Partner Conference

In the fall, Catholics On Call offers the Partner Conference, where representatives of religious communities, college and university campus ministry and vocational ministry programs, young adult programs, volunteer programs, and others come together to learn and discuss the best practices for supporting young adults in their vocational discernment.  The conference fee $120.00 or, for our Partners, the fee is $100.00.  To find out more information about the Partner Conference, past and upcoming, visit

Please note the 2018 Partner Conference is scheduled September 20-21, 2018 and will feature Daniel P. Horan, OFM. Dan is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (NY) and assistant professor of systematic theology and spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. 

Catholics on Call Partner Benefits

Catholics on Call offers dynamic Young Adult Conferences at a very low cost that attract men and women who are considering a life of service in the Church.  Through these conferences and the follow-up reunions, Catholics on Call assists young adults in the process of vocational discovery and discernment.

The Catholics on Call website serves both young adults and our Partners.  In addition to features appealing to young adults, the website also will provide Partners with insights into young adult spirituality, social and cultural trends, and ways to strengthen connections with young adults.

Catholics on Call will provide links to your ministry sites through our website and list you on the Partner Directory in the conference packet for the participants of the Young Adult Conferences.

During the Young Adult Conference, Catholics on Call will provide a table for Partners display information and materials.

Catholics on Call will offer the annual Partner Conference at a reduced fee for our Partners.  This conference is intended to be a valuable time and resource for expert input, networking, and dialogue for vocation directors, campus ministers, directors of volunteer programs, and all those who minister to young adults.

Catholics on Call Partner Roles

Place information about Catholics on Call in your regular correspondence with young adults, such as email correspondence and weekly bulletins.

Provide a link from your website to Catholics on Call (

Write a letter of recommendation for all of your sponsored candidates to the Young Adult Conferences.

If possible, assist your sponsored candidate(s) with travel expenses to and from the Young Adult Conferences.

Follow up regularly with the young adults that your community or organization has sponsored for the Catholics on Call Young Adult Conferences.  This includes, but is not limited to, providing spiritual direction for the participant or helping them find a spiritual director for the year following their participation in the Young Adult Conference.

Keep the Catholics on Call office informed of any changes in staff so that our records will reflect the current contact for correspondence.

How to Become a Partner

Those organizations or communities wishing to become a partner should contact the Catholics on Call office at 773.371.5432 or to receive a Partnership Application/Renewal Form.  The form can also be found on our website at



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