Catholic Vocation

Written by Peter Rajchert on . Posted in Inquiry


Discernment of one’s calling to a Catholic vocation takes time and should not be rushed. It could eventually include the diocesan priesthood, life in a religious community, marriage, or single life.

The process of discovering one’s Catholic vocation begins with openness. As a vocation discerner you need to open yourself to God and pray. Allow Him to guide you. A trusted spiritual director, a person of faith and experience, will also assist you in the journey of discovering God’s vocation for you, no matter what it is.

Finding, for example, the right religious community requires you to reflect and explore. What kind of life do you envision for yourself as part of your Catholic vocation? Do you want to live in a larger community of men or women and be involved in different ministries? Or do you prefer a quieter, more contemplative life? With these questions and others in mind, begin your search on the Internet. Eventually you will find several religious communities that appeal to you.

When this happens, a new part of your discernment adventure begins when you start contacting these religious communities and scheduling visits. Only by getting a taste of life in these communities will you know for sure the Catholic vocation God has in mind for you.



Inquiry: Come and See

Written by Conventual Franciscans on . Posted in Inquiry

Are you being called by Jesus Christ to live the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi? For 800 years the spiritual sons of Saint Francis have labored at change and transformation in every spectrum of life. If you have felt the Lord calling you to – simplicity, fraternity, penance, joyfulness – then don't hesitate to contact the Vocation Director for more information!

A period of contact with the community, which includes participation in “Come and See” Live-In Weekends or discernment retreats, is required before making application to the community.