About Vianney Vocations
Who We Are & What We Do
100% Focused on Increasing Vocations
The mission of Vianney Vocations is to renew the Church by inspiring a new generation of priestly and religious vocations.
We are a team of communications experts, committed to Jesus and His Church, who help Vocation Offices to effectively reach young Catholics and inspire them to open their hearts to God’s call.
Since 2009, Vianney Vocations has focused solely on promoting priestly and religious vocations, working with more than 100 Vocation Offices.
Committed to Renewal
Our goal is the same as yours: to create a culture in which all Catholics—from children to adults—view the priesthood and religious life as worthy vocations to serve Christ and His Church.
We believe that the the basic, underlying condition for an increase in vocations is committed Christian discipleship. Only when young people fully give their lives to Jesus will they be truly open to His call on their lives.
From these disciples, we believe God is calling a sufficient number of future priests and religious who are “ardent yet gentle heralds of the Gospel.” But it is up to the whole Church to amplify God’s call.
“It is the duty of the whole Christian community to foster vocations so that the needs of the sacred ministry are sufficiently met in the entire Church.”
~Code of Cannon Law #233.1
WHAT WE DO
Three Main Areas: Services, Resources, and Special Projects
1. Services for Vocation Offices
We work with dioceses in multi-year engagements, beginning with strategy and planning, and continuing with a range of support, including: digital communication event promotion, workshops, and more.
2. Vocation Resources
We’ve created more than 200 different resources for parishes, schools and universities, all focused on Catholic vocations and discerning God’s call.
3. Special Projects
We’ve launched a number of creative projects to create a culture of vocations, including discernment groups for men and women and various websites to promote prayer and promotion.
WITHIN THE CHURCH
Energize the presbyterate and laity to join in the work of fostering vocations.
Founder of Vianney Vocations
Sam has worked in Catholic communications for over twenty years, serving hundreds of parishes, schools, and dioceses. As a seminarian for the Diocese of Savannah, and then as vice-president of a Catholic communication company, he saw the need to bring new energy and vision to promote vocations.
He founded Vianney Vocations in 2009 to serve Vocation Offices and offer high-quality vocation resources. Sam edited the influential books To Save a Thousand Souls, Discerning Religious Life, and A Living Sacrifice, and has developed many other vocation resources used in Catholic schools and parishes.
Sam has degrees in English Literature and writing from Berry College and also attended Franciscan University of Steubenville. He loves fishin’, gardening, golf, and watching soccer (go Spurs!).
He lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife Michele and their children and attends St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral parish.
Matt handles numerous aspects of the operations at Vianney Vocations, including editing, publications, and book design. Matt came to Vianney Vocations in 2015 with a background in journalism.
As a newspaper sports editor, he covered athletics and handled writing and design for the sports section of the Statesboro Herald in Statesboro, GA. His previous pastor, Fr. Brett Brannon, is the author of To Save a Thousand Souls, and introduced Matt to the Vianney Vocations team.
Matt loves working with priests and religious from across the country, and is grateful for the opportunity to help young men and women discern God’s call.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Georgia Southern University. Go Eagles!
Since 2012, Genevieve has managed our day-to-day shipping operations, ensuring that customers are happy and receive their orders on time. She also handles the distribution of seminarian posters, bulletin inserts, and event promotion materials. Her warm personality and attention to detail make her a favorite in the office.
Before working at Vianney Vocations, Genevieve was a pre-K teacher in a Catholic school for 14 years. She and her husband Mark have three college-aged children, one of whom served as a NET missionary.
She lives in Thomasville, GA, and has volunteered for many years in high school youth ministry.
Branding & Design
Max is our digital and print media creator. He manages our websites, and creates beautiful designs for all of our digital and print media. He has worked for various Catholic orders, organizations and diocese before joining us.
Max comes from a large, Catholic family that encouraged creativity and resourcefulness. He was born in Maine, USA and has lived all over the US. In addition to creating beautiful web and graphics he enjoys making art and music in both digital and analog mediums.
Max earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Paul the Great Catholic University, in San Diego.
Social Media Manager
Chloe is the Social Media Manager here at Vianney Vocations. She keeps our clients’ accounts up to date with the latest digital content and announcements.
Chloe grew up in New York state and graduated from Christendom College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in Theology. Since graduating, she has worked in event coordinating, marketing, and social media.
She also enjoys Irish dancing, having traveled around the world competing both nationally and internationally. She and her husband live in the beautiful little village of Cooperstown, NY and welcomed their son, James, in June 2021.
GETTING STARTED WITH
If you are a Vocation Director, the first step is a phone call to talk about your diocesan situation and the needs of the Vocation Office.
For many projects, we can work via phone, video call, and email. For larger engagements, we often begin with an in-person meeting to get to know you, your staff, and the diocese.
In all our work, we always emphasize the dignity of the priesthood and the spiritual nature of God’s call.
Our aim is to help you attract spiritually healthy men who will serve God’s people faithfully.