Vocation – Learn more…

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Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.  Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

Pope Francis reminds us that discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations in May 2020, he said, “All it takes to discover one’s vocation is to open one’s heart to God’s love and open one’s eyes to the signs of where God already is working.

www.usccb.org/committees/clergy-consecrated-life-vocations/vocations

Finding Your Vocational Path

The Catholic Church supports and teaches us that there are three vocations: the single life, married life, and the religious life or priesthood.

The single life: Being single is a vocation that is fully supported by the Catholic Church. It is a choice for those that feel the single life is right for them to serve God at this time, but don’t feel ready to make a decision to enter religious life or give up the option of marriage in the future. 

Marriage:  There are many graces that come from marriage- but it is so important to open your heart to such blessings, so that you may be a channel of grace in which God can pour out his mercy. 

Religious life: An individual who feels called to the religious life may feel a deep desire to offer one’s entire self to God or devote their life to serving Jesus in a religious community. 

Our vocational retreats helps you explore whether the religious life is the right vocational path for you.

Source: The Three Vocations of the Catholic Church

Aspirancy

The Aspirancy is a period of formation during which a candidate, who becomes an ‘Aspirant’, commits to seriously discern her calling as religious sister in the community of the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament (SJS). The candidate explores God’s call and personal response through a program of self-knowledge and prayer. She also increases her knowledge of the SJS community as a possible option to live out her religious vocation. 

View or download our Aspirancy document to learn more…