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.