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Vocations

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

God created us to know, love and serve Him. He created us in His image, male and female. In every human being can be found both His image and likeness. This theological mystery is at the center of all meaning. From this non-competitive interplay of divine and human, we find the ability to be special and to create a world that reflects the originality and magnanimity of God.

As Catholics we celebrate the fact that we are not meaningless creatures that are burdened with creating our own destiny. In fact, our destiny is to rejoin God in beatitude, to use this pilgrim life on Earth to proclaim the Gospel and to recreate the world.

What is a Vocation?

A vocation therefore, is to respond repeatedly to the voice of our Father in heaven and to spread the flame of love all over the world. It is to proclaim Jesus Christ and to be a witness of His love in the places that He is needed most. We all have an invitation to be a part of the world that yearns to see the face of God, even in the ordinary and secular. A vocation is the will of God, discerned by hearing and responding to the voice of the Creator. There is no single greater call than the persistent and enduring design of God.

What is the priesthood?

Simply, it is following Christ's example to serve his people. The priesthood serves in particular by bringing others to Christ through the sacraments. They can offer our prayers to God by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and lead us to communion with God through the Eucharist. "The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)

What is Religious Life?

Each Religious Order is distinguished by their charism, spirituality, rule, apostolate ministry, and the way they live fraternal life. Having the guidance of a knowledgeable Spiritual Director and Vocation Director can greatly assist you during your discernment.

Women are encouraged to contact the Vocations Office for assistance in discerning whether God is calling them to a vocation to the Religious/Consecrated Life.

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