Fr. Jeff Eirvin
Fr. Jeff Eirvin
Father Jeff Eirvin, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Portland and chaplain for the vocations-fostering Serra Club, spoke on vocations April 17 during a Serra Club meeting at St. Pius X Parish in Portland. He offered the nine keys of vocation ministry as defined by the National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors.

Keys are the bishop, integration, prayer, adequate resources, formation and training, invitation, events, ministry and funding.

Serrans focus on invitation. Father Eirvin said statistics show that 70% of men in formation have attributed their call to the gentle, and often times subtle, invitations of their parish priests. The invitation of lay people also has an impact, he said.