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VocationMatch.com Trends on Religious Life

🕔22. Jun 2008

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dictionary of vocations

Glossary of vocation terms

🕔09. Sep 2015

It may seem that religious life has a language all its own. Here’s a guide to understanding some of the terms.

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TAKE FIVE WIDGET

🕔14. Feb 2017

Would you like today's Take Five reflection to appear on your website every day? 

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Jesus bring the Good News

FOR PASTORS & PREACHERS: Sample homilies that encourage vocation discernment

🕔30. Oct 2014

Here are some quick tips and sample homilies on vocation-related themes.

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Catholic classroom

FOR DREs | TEACHERS | CATECHISTS

🕔21. Nov 2014

Tips, insights, and lesson ideas for Catholic religious educators for encouraging prayer, discernment, and vocations.

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How to create a culture of discernment

🕔13. Jan 2012

Creative ways to use VISION in your home.

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Family Movie Night

Family movie night

🕔14. Aug 2013

Film lovers, you might be surprised at the movies that have received the Vatican’s thumbs up. Read the Vatican Commission’s reviews of each film here. And then pick one to watch with your family. Popcorn required.

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Tips for parents and families

FOR PARENTS: Fostering happiness, holiness, and faithfulness

🕔21. Nov 2014

Suggestions to help you in your role as your children's primary teachers about life, love, and the joys of being Catholic.

 

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

🕔30. Jul 2013

As parents, it is worth exploring your children’s answers to this question at each stage of their lives.

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Reader Statistics: Current and Archived

🕔17. Nov 2014

Look who's interested in a religious vocation.

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FOR YOUTH, YOUNG ADULT & CAMPUS MINISTERS

🕔17. Jan 2012

Ideas gathered from VISION Vocation Network's rich store of articles and online features for young men and women to learn more about their Catholic faith, their spirituality, and the vocation options available to them as they seek to find the path in life that will give them the most joy and fulfillment.

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Vocation Statistics Fact Sheet

VOCATION FACT SHEET

🕔17. Nov 2014

Myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to consecrated life and religious vocations. We are happy to bust those myths by putting facts at your fingertips. VISION Vocation Network tracks vocation trends annually. Don’t forget to sign up to receive our award-winning E-Vocation newsletter to stay up-to-date on vocation news.

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Year of Consecrated Life | FOR BULLETIN EDITORS & DISCERNERS: Reflections on consecrated life

🕔14. Nov 2014

Insightful quotes and reflections on consecrated life for use in parish bulletins or on the parish website for every week of the Year of Consecrated Life and beyond.



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Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe in the documentary "Sewing Hope."

Beholden to no one but God

🕔17. Aug 2015

A Catholic journalist had an assignment to interview religious sisters about their work. As she made call after call, a theme emerged: The sisters saw the journalist, and publicity in general, as a nuisance to endure or, if possible, to avoid. Perhaps these sisters, and other men and women in consecrated life, need a crash course in how to grab their 15 minutes of fame.

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Petionary Prayers for Year of Consecrated Life

FOR LITURGISTS & PRAYER MINISTERS | petitionary prayers | song | vocation prayers

🕔30. Oct 2014

Please include a petitionary prayer in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life at every liturgy, and sing our specially commissioned song, Wake the World With Dawning Joy.

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Consecrated life: Words of wisdom

🕔23. Jul 2014

A gathering of quotes about consecrated life. We continue to add to the list. Feel free to send quotes our way.

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Pope Francis Prayer for Vocations

PRAYER CARD: Pope Francis Prayer for Vocations

🕔31. Oct 2014

Please make use of this prayer for vocations by Pope Francis in your homes, classrooms, youth ministry gatherings, and parish liturgies.

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Help is at hand: Guidebooks on the way to religious life

🕔22. Jun 2008

VISION ASKED VOCATION MINISTERS in the U.S. and Canada to recommend some of the best books on life as a priest, religious sister, or religious brother. What follows is a list of some of the good reading they recommend.

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Give us this day our daily blog

🕔22. Jun 2008

The blogosphere is not lacking when it comes to Catholic religious life and discernment.

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vocation related questions

VOCATION RESOURCES: Myths busted and questions answered

🕔20. Nov 2014

Here are some additional VISION articles that help separate the fact and fiction about religious life.

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Consecrated life through the ages: Timeline

🕔23. Jul 2014

 

From ancient desert monasticism to contemporary forms of religious life, a small band of Christian men and women in every generation choose to consecrate their lives to God with unique vows of love and service that give radical witness to the gospel.

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Infographic: Who is answering the call to religious life?

🕔21. Jul 2014

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Jesus calls his disciples

HOMILY: The biblical notion of call

🕔30. Oct 2014

Noted biblical scholar Fr. Donald Senior, C.P. outlines the fundamental qualities in the scripture stories where Jesus calls disciples, including the fact that discipleship begins not with a choice but a call.

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Year of Consecrated Life | SURVEY: Among the lights and shadows: The mood of Catholics around consecrated life

🕔22. Jul 2014

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Find your spirituality type

🕔22. Jun 2008

Take a short quiz to find out your spirituality type.

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Back in God's embrace: How to make a good Confession

🕔23. Jul 2011

Confessing our sins helps us to recognize our weaknesses and our need for God's forgiveness and embrace.

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Catholic social teaching: a guide

🕔09. Sep 2010

You shouldn’t have to learn about Catholic social teaching on the streets—but that’s not a bad place to start!

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Myths about vocations

Ten myths about religious life

🕔22. May 2014

. . . and the facts from the 2009 NRVC/CARA Study that dispel them.

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A dictionary for discerners

🕔11. Jul 2012

It may seem that religious life has a language all its own. Here’s a guide to understanding some of the terms you might hear in discerning a vocation with a religious community.

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Questions and answers about church vocations

RESOURCE: Seventeen questions about church vocations

🕔22. Jun 2008

. . . And honest answers to your questions about priests, sisters, brothers, vows, sexuality, community life, and more.

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What is your spiritual path?

🕔14. Jul 2014

Take our Spirituality Quiz and discover the four basic spiritual pathways and see how they apply to your own spiritual development—and vocation discernment.

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Compass UK vocations

U.K. Vocation Links

🕔02. Dec 2014

Let us help you explore your spirituality and gather information about religious communities and religious life in the U.K.
Start with these helpful websites:

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For this purpose

HOMILY: For what purpose have you come?

🕔20. Nov 2014

World Day for Consecrated Life, February 8, 2015 (Lectionary number 74)

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Jesus the Good Shepherd

HOMILY: Take a moment of silence

🕔30. Oct 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan passes on the important lessons he learned about the vocations from two sheep herders and the Good Shepherd.

A sample homily for WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS; READINGS FOR FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER. Adaptable for other vocation-related homilies throughout the year.

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Questions and answers about vocations

FAQs: Frequently asked questions about vocations

🕔15. Aug 2008

Many people use the word vocation (from the Latin vocare, meaning "to call") in reference to the call to be a priest, sister, or brother. However, the Catholic understanding of vocation is much broader: every baptized person has a vocation--a call--to love and serve God.

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Podcast: What is faith?

🕔24. Sep 2013

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

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Podcast: America, the Beautiful

🕔03. Jul 2013

Happy 4th of July!! Let Freedom Ring! Make sure to sport your best red, white and blue attire and prepare to R-O-C-K in the USA with this ultimate 4th of July playlist!!

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Podcast: Spring Showers

🕔30. Apr 2013

April Showers bring May Flowers! We've shed some tears this April and in Aprils past. This playlist will offer you the hope you need to appreciate those May flowers!

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PODCAST: Cupid Shuffle

🕔24. Jan 2013

Love is in the air! Watch Out Cupid!! He won't be needing his arrows this year with this amazing playlist of ultimate love songs just in time for Valentine's Day!

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PODCAST: Christmas Jingles

🕔24. Jan 2013

HO! HO! HO! It's Christmas time and tis the season to be jolly! These Christmas favorites will have you rocking around the Christmas tree all night!

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PODCAST: Thankful Thanksgiving

🕔22. Jan 2013

Gobble gobble!! No need to worry about the tryptophan setting in after your Thanksgiving meal. I plan to have you and the turkey up and dancing!

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PODCAST: Tricks and Treats

🕔22. Jan 2013

BOO! Hopefully there won’t be too many tricks this Halloween, but as for Treats, oh do I have the playlist for you.

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PODCAST: Called to be saints

🕔18. Jan 2013

Do you think you have what it takes to be a saint? Here is a playlist dedicated those who are saints and those who are working on becoming saints.

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PODCAST: Runner's delight

🕔18. Jan 2013

Find your happy pace! Get up, get moving, and have a good time!

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PODCAST: Welcome Back!

🕔17. Jan 2013

As the summer fades, reflect on the good times and prepare for the year ahead.

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PODCAST: Sacred Music

🕔16. Jan 2013

Spiritual music takes you into the heart of Christ

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Spinning with the Spirit - VISION music podcasts

🕔05. Dec 2012

Having trouble finding your groove---let me--DJ Phyre--help you find it.

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How to use Vocation Match

🕔21. Aug 2012

This short instructional video explains how to use VISION Vocation Match to help you discern your calling.

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Point and click to pray

🕔22. Jun 2008

A guide to websites that bring prayer and spiritual development right to your computer.

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Explore VISION Vocation Guide

🕔29. Oct 2014

VISION is an essential tool for anyone interested in learning about specific religious vocations or religious orders, or to find upcoming events for prayer, reflection, and service. Check out the current issue and reflect on and discuss an article.

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Vocation Match: Discover where God may be calling you

🕔29. Oct 2014

Use VISION Vocation Match, a fun, simple tool to help you figure out where God is calling you.

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Explore vocation through service

🕔16. Oct 2014

Work as a youth or campus ministry group to explore the importance of service in action, then discuss the experience.

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Interview a priest, sister, or brother

🕔16. Oct 2014

Meet with someone in religious life--a Catholic brother, sister, or priest--and ask these suggested questions.

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For Religious Educators: Vocation Lesson Plans

🕔14. Jan 2012

Creative ways to use VISION in the classroom.

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