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.
Here are some great resources to help parishes celebrate and promote religious life and religious vocations.
Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, by Rhonda Gruenewald, is the definitive handbook for promoting vocations in Catholic parishes.
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.
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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.