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Father Godfrey Poage, an outstanding and successful vocational director, concerns himself here with the practical methods vocational directors can employ in recruiting more young people for lives as as priests, sisters and brothers in accordance with directives from the Holy See. It is a valuable contribution to a field sorely lacking in up to-date information on the best methodology for recruitment. Stressing that a basic knowledge of theology and canon law are the first essentials for recruiting, Father Poage emphasizes that applied psychology and counselling come next in importance. Over-all recruiting requries spiritual direction, public relations and advertising. Ideas on prospecting, challenging youth, brainstorming techniques, winning over parents and follow up campaigns give a full and comprehensive picture of effective recruitment through vocation clubs, diocesan vocational campaigns, vocation institutes and vocation weeks. Appendices list addresses of Orders who accept the blind, deaf-mutes, handicapped and persons of advanced age as well as the relatively new Secular Institutes now operating in the United States. An excellent bibliography of pontifical documents and source material is a valuable adjunct to the chapter on ""Pontifical documents and source material is a valuable adjunct to the chapter on ""Pontifical Work for Religious Vocations"". Vocational directors and those charged with increasing vocations -- including such groups as the Serra Clubs -- will profit from a careful reading of Secrets of Successful Recruiting, and a quick adoption of the methods it proposes.

Publisher: Newman