When we hear “Vocation”, we usually think of someone becoming a priest, sister, deacon or brother. These are certainly worthy and wonderful vocations. All of us though, have a vocation to be God’s followers. We can do that as a husband, wife, single person, doctor, teacher, senior citizen or child. God’s call is sometimes mysterious! It also comes over a period of time. If we truly enjoy something, that’s a good sign that we might be suited to following God in that direction. God gives us gifts and talents to be put to use for the good of all.
We are concerned with the declining number of Vocations to religious life. God is calling people. People simply are not responding. Smaller families can influence children to get married and have grandchildren. Society seems to value great wealth without commitment. Neither of those values lead to fulfillment and happiness.
Look around! If there is someone around you, in Church, your family, etc. who you would trust to serve you as a priest, sister, brother or deacon … let them know! Most priests were encouraged to become priests by family members and friends. Write a note. Tell those around you how honored you would be if one of your children, grandchildren or friends followed God’s call to a Church Vocation.
Pray! Pray for sisters, deacons, brothers and priests.
St. Therese Prayer Society for Vocations
As a member you commit yourself to praying in a special way for vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life. No dues, no meetings, only the promise of your prayers. To become a member, please contact the vocation office at 631-424-9888.
Links to explore Vocations
Vocation Office Diocese of Rockville Centre
U.S. Catholic Bishops Vocations and Priestly Formation
Frequently Asked Vocations Questions