About Us

Active for more than 35 years,  the Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association (CAVA) is a ministry sponsored by the Office for Religious (OFR) in the Archdiocese of Chicago. CAVA is an association of Roman Catholic Religious Sisters, Brothers, Priests, Consecrated Laity and others who are active in and supportive of vocation ministry.


Members of CAVA belong to or avidly support religious congregations, secular institutes and lay ecclesial movements serving the People of God in the Archdiocese of Chicago. CAVA’s purpose is to nurture a Culture of Vocations within the Catholic Church. Our twofold purpose is to promote general vocation awareness and to invite young men and women to discern a vocation to consecrated life.

CAVA’s standing committees organize a myriad of events including evenings of discernment, campus retreats, vocation panel presentations, vocation fairs for elementary and high schools and parishes and so much more!!

The Three committees are:

-CM/YA – Campus Ministry/Young Adult Committee
-VAPS – Vocation Awareness in Parish & Schools
-Communications Committee

Are you a consecrated person serving in the Archdiocese passionate about inviting new members into this life of grace? Are you a non-consecrated lay person desiring to help create a Culture of Vocations?  JOIN US!!!

 Consider becoming a member of CAVA. We welcome sharing your ideas, energy, expertise and enthusiasm for our vowed life with our members who offer to share the same. Please contact Sr. Lovina Francis Pammit, O.S.F. at 312-534-5240 or cava@archchicago.org

Mission Statement 

Faithful to the call of Christ to cultivate and nurture a culture of Vocation with the Archdiocese of Chicago, CAVA educates, strengthens, supports and accompanies its members and our youth and young adult population in the ongoing discovery and discernment of their life vocation, and to articulate and witness to the consecrated life and its place in the Church and world.


Vision Statement 

Ministering together, CAVA acts as a conduit

for ongoing and future vocation ministry

within the Archdiocese of Chicago,

partnering and collaborating with parishes,

organizations and individuals

to raise awareness of Christian vocations,

in particular, consecrated life.


CAVA Membership Registration:

The Chicago Archdiocesan Vocation Association (CAVA) is a membership organization of Vocation Ministers representing various consecrated men and women’s congregations, institutes and associations who contribute to Vocation Ministry within the Archdiocese of Chicago. CAVA is sponsored by the Office for Religious of the Archdiocese.


CAVA Member– An individual or group of individuals committed to vocation ministry who actively serve to foster a culture of vocation within the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Member benefits:

  • Reception of all CAVA mailings, e-mails, newsletters and announcements
  • Invitation to participate in and plan collaborative vocation events
  • Discounted fees for CAVA-sponsored professional and spiritual development opportunities
  • FREE posting of your vocation events on the CAVA website
  • Personal connection and networking with others involved in vocation ministry
  • Access to CAVA’s “Partners in Ministry”
  • Invitation to social gatherings and specially determined events of CAVA

If you are interested in becoming a member or partnering with CAVA in its vocation awareness ministry, please email cava@archchicago.org.