Are you discerning a vocation to the priesthood, to life as a religious brother or sister, to married or the single life? College is a key time to begin this process of prayer and learning about the Vocations. There are plenty of opportunities at St. Francis to help you along your journey.
Your first step is to contact our Pastor. He will be able to help you find the direction and support you need along the way.
Also, check out these helpful Vocations Resources...
What exactly is meant when we say "vocation"? The word "vocation" comes from the Latin vocare (a verb meaning "to call"). We ALL have a vocation. We have ALL been called by God for a specific purpose. Our responsibility is to discern what that purpose, that calling is, and pursue it single-mindedly. Some are called to be priests. Some are called to be religious borthers or sisters. Some are called to be married and build up the domestic Church.
Universal Call to Holiness
The very first call we have is not so much to do something, but to be something. Each one of us is called to be holy. And holiness is not to be identified with any particular state in life. Whether we are students, full-time moms, nurses or bishops, our daily activities furnish us with plenty of opportunities to grow in faith, hope and love. It is the perfection of these three virtues that make for true sanctity.
"...all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity; by this holiness as such a more human manner of living is promoted in this earthly society. In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly as they have received it, as a gift from Christ. They must follow in His footsteps and conform themselves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor." Lumen Gentium 40
"God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . .. God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion." CCC 2331
Each Vocation is from God
God created us to be (and wants us always to be) perfectly happy. But He also tells us and wants us to realize that only He can satisfy this desire in us. If we search for the happiness we all legitimately long for in created things, we will only be left empty and grasping for more. We only find our rest in the Lord. As St. Augustine so eloquently states, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
God put us in the world to know, to love, and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us "partakers of the divine nature" and of eternal life.Such beatitude surpasses the understanding and powers of man. It comes from an entirely free gift of God: whence it is called supernatural, as is the grace that disposes man to enter into the divine joy. CCC 1721-1722
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this,to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends,because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another. John 15:12-17
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22
So, to what have YOU been called? Have you asked God what He has chosen for you? The resources provided should point you in the right direction for learning about the Priesthood, the Religious Life, and the Married Life. For those of you who are already living your vocation, these resources will be very helpful for you, as well, in building up your marriage and supporting and fostering priestly and religious vocations.
If you are student and want to speak to someone about discerning YOUR vocation, feel free to talk to our Campus Minister or one of the FOCUS Missionaries.