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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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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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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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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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E-Vocation Newsletter Sign Up

🕔23. Jun 2014

Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from VISION.

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New dates for National Vocation Awareness Week

🕔04. Sep 2013

Nov. 5-11, 2017

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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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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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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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Order free Year of Consecrated Life prayer cards

Year of Consecrated Life posters, song, banner for use in your parish, school, institute

🕔23. Jun 2014

Posters | bookmarks | banners | VISION Vocation Guides: Please feel free to use these Year of Consecrated Life resources from the VISION Vocation Network and the National Religious Vocation Conference. Click here for the Year of Consecrated Life logo.

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HOMILY: Just ask: Ways to nurture vocations

🕔21. Apr 2015

SEVERAL YEARS AGO I read an article in a Catholic newspaper in which the author told a story about a college student whom he felt might have a vocation to the priesthood. He talked to the young man and asked whether he had ever considered becoming a priest. When the young man said no, the author asked why. The young man's simple reply: "Nobody ever asked me." After that, the young man began to explore the idea and later entered a community of religious men.

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Fireworks 2015

PODCAST: Celebrate and wake up the world!

🕔18. Nov 2014

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life with some rocking tunes.

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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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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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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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Find your spirituality type

🕔22. Jun 2008

Take a short quiz to find out your spirituality type.

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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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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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Tips for Vocation Discerners

🕔14. Dec 2011

Tips on finding good vocation matches

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Resources for older/disabled discerners

🕔23. Sep 2010

While many religious communities do not consider candidates for membership over (or below) a certain age or who have certain disabilities, there are some places to turn for older or diabled people who feel called to religious life.

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Why consider a church vocation in times like these?

🕔22. Jun 2008

In the midst of great difficulties, the church more than ever needs a new generation of priests, sisters, and brothers.

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All spirituality types

🕔30. Aug 2010

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Sign up for Take Five for Faith

🕔12. Jun 2009

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Blog Index

🕔22. Jun 2008

Blogs by people and communities involved in Catholic religious life and vocations to religious life.

To add a blog to this list, please contact Jennifer Tomshack, editorial director of VISION, at jenniferrebecca@truequestweb.com.

Click here for VISION's SpiritCitings blog.

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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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Celibacy quiz: Can you live a celibate life?

🕔22. Jun 2008

Take this quiz to test your ability to live a life of celibacy.

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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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E-Vocation Newsletter

🕔03. Mar 2009

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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: Erin Go Bragh

🕔11. Mar 2013

WARNING: EXCESSIVE GREEN!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! This playlist willl have you Irish Dancing all over the town!

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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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