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.
Follow these four time-honored steps as you discern where God is calling you.
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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.
VISION and HORIZON editors express their concerns about the effects of the clergy sex abuse scandal on vocations
Here are some additional VISION articles that help separate the fact and fiction about religious life.
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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.
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.
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.
Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life with some rocking tunes.
Tips on finding good vocation matches
While most religious communities do not consider candidates for membership over (or below) a certain age or candidates with certain disabilities, there are some places to turn for community, fellowship, or support for people who fallen into these categores who feel called to religious life.
Take this quiz to test your ability to live a life of celibacy.
It may seem that religious life has a language all its own. Here’s a guide to understanding some of the terms.
In the midst of great difficulties, the church more than ever needs a new generation of priests, sisters, and brothers.
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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.
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.
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!
WARNING: EXCESSIVE GREEN!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! This playlist willl have you Irish Dancing all over the town!
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.