Vocation Summit

The Vocation Summit is a half-day workshop to help create a culture of vocations in the Diocese of Gary. The gathering will reignite our focus on helping young people hear and respond to God’s call.

Saturday,February 22
Mass at 8am with new-appointed Bishop Robert McClory
Workshop from 9am-2pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish
2447 Putnam St.
Lake Station, IN 46405

Who should attend? All Catholics interested in promoting vocations! We especially invite clergy, religious, parish staff, Catholic school staff, youth ministers, DREs, Serrans, Knights of Columbus, and others who work with youth. Anyone who wishes to pray and work for vocations is invited.

Why a Vocation Summit?

The purpose of the Vocation Summit is to equip Catholic clergy and laity to foster and promote vocations to priesthood and consecrated life in our schools & parishes. 

Learn the Four I’s of Vocation Work:

Inspire: how to open hearts to the call of God
Invite: how to credibly encourage teens and young adults
Inform: how to educate young people about vocations
Intimacy: how to form a deep relationship with Jesus

Learn Practical Ways to Promote Vocations:

  • How to engage altar servers & teens in youth ministry
  • How to use our diocese’s K-12 Vocation Lessons curriculum
  • How to celebrate various dates such as National Vocation Awareness Week
  • Plan realistic vocation-promoting projects
  • Receive free resources to use in your parish and school


Register Online

Please register using the form below. Questions? Contact Peggy Guernsey, peggy.guernsey@gmail.com, 219-962-8626.

Guest Speakers • National Experts on Catholic Vocations

Fr. Brett Brannen

Fr. Brannen leads retreats nationwide and is well-known as a powerful and inspirational speaker. His conferences help clergy and laity to revive their commitment to effectively promoting vocations in their parishes. He is the author of To Save a Thousand Souls, which has become a standard book for men discerning the priesthood. His talks will focus on the Four I’s of Vocation Work: inspiration, and invitation, information, and intimacy with Jesus.

Sam Alzheimer

Sam founded Vianney Vocations in 2009 and has worked with more than 60 Vocation Directors to create a culture of vocations. He leads vocations workshops and has developed dozens of resources used in parishes and schools. His presentations will focus on realistic ways that clergy and laity can encourage youth to consider the priesthood and consecrated life.


Begins with 8:00am Mass – with Bishop Robert McClory
9:30am – 11:00am Workshop – Solving the Vocation Crisis, Sam Alzheimer
11:00am – Lunch & Group Discussion
11:45pm – Practical Ways to Foster Vocations, Sam Alzheimer
12:45pm –
Creating Your Vocation Plan
1:00pm –
The Four I’s of Vocations Work, Fr. Brett Brannen

Vocation Summit Registration