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.
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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Vocations begin with prayer. Please make use of our growing collection of prayers for vocations that have appeared in VISION in print or online.
Here are some quick tips and sample homilies on vocation-related themes.
Who is considering a vocation to consecrated life? How old are they? Where do they live? What kind of community interests them? Find out here.
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.
Here are some additional VISION articles that help separate the fact and fiction about religious life.
Tips, insights, and lesson ideas for Catholic religious educators for encouraging prayer, discernment, and vocations.
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.
Please make use of this prayer for vocations by Pope Francis in your homes, classrooms, youth ministry gatherings, and parish liturgies.
Suggestions to help you in your role as your children's primary teachers about life, love, and the joys of being Catholic.
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.
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.
It may seem that religious life has a language all its own. Here’s a guide to understanding some of the terms.
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.
. . . and the facts from the 2009 NRVC/CARA Study that dispel them.
. . . And honest answers to your questions about priests, sisters, brothers, vows, sexuality, community life, and more.
World Day for Consecrated Life, February 8, 2015 (Lectionary number 74)
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.
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.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).
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!!
This short instructional video explains how to use VISION Vocation Match to help you discern your calling.
A guide to websites that bring prayer and spiritual development right to your computer.
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!
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!
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!
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!
BOO! Hopefully there won’t be too many tricks this Halloween, but as for Treats, oh do I have the playlist for you.
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.
Find your happy pace! Get up, get moving, and have a good time!
As the summer fades, reflect on the good times and prepare for the year ahead.
Spiritual music takes you into the heart of Christ
Having trouble finding your groove---let me--DJ Phyre--help you find it.
Creative ways to use VISION in your home.
As parents, it is worth exploring your children’s answers to this question at each stage of their lives.
Look who's interested in a religious vocation.
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.
The blogosphere is not lacking when it comes to Catholic religious life and discernment.
Confessing our sins helps us to recognize our weaknesses and our need for God's forgiveness and embrace.
You shouldn’t have to learn about Catholic social teaching on the streets—but that’s not a bad place to start!
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.
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.
Use VISION Vocation Match, a fun, simple tool to help you figure out where God is calling you.
Work as a youth or campus ministry group to explore the importance of service in action, then discuss the experience.
Meet with someone in religious life--a Catholic brother, sister, or priest--and ask these suggested questions.
Creative ways to use VISION in the classroom.