I have worked as a Vocations Director for over a year and I have seen some truly creative ways of promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. But never have I thought that someone would actually use dolls as vocations promotion tools.
I think using huggable dolls to foster vocations among the young is actually cool. And this is not an entirely novel idea. Dolls have been around since the dawn of civilization and they’ve been used for various purposes. Ancient cultures used dolls in their religious ceremonies and rituals. Modern armed forces use Military dolls to promote Forces careers to children. There are also dolls that are specifically made to promote friendship, character and community. So why not use dolls to encourage the young to enter the seminary?
Weebelievers.com offer vocation dolls that are designed “to give little boys and little girls an inside look into the lives of real-life priests and Religious Sisters.” Each doll comes with a companion booklet “featuring the vocation stories of five priests and five Religious Sisters.” The goal of the founders of weebelievers.com is to expose “children to toys that reflect the nature of consecrated life and introduce them to the possibility of a religious calling in early childhood.”