Vocations

Vocation Meetings

Throughout the year, we will gather any interested students for an informal discussion of Priesthood, Religious Life and Vocations in service to the Church. Interested students should make themselves known to the School Minister. These meetings are confidential in nature, as many people contemplating their calling have not revealed this to their friends.

Check out some of these these websites:

Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

All Vocations: Religious, Priesthood and Lay Ministry

Augustinian Ministries

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M)

Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia (S.S.J.)

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma Michigan

Sisters of Life

Prayer for Vocations

We praise you for your goodness. We thank you for your gifts, O Lord. We ask you to strengthen us to live in love and service to others after the example of your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to see our vocations as a journey toward you. You have called us, not to set us apart, but to bring us together with others who need our love. Make us faithful signs of your presence in our midst. We ask you through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer To Know One’s Vocation

Lord, my God and my loving Father,
you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you,
and thereby to find and to fulfill myself.
I know that you are in all things,
and that every path can lead me to you.
But of them all, there is one especially
by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me,
I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind,
to show me what you want of me; into my heart,
to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all my mind,
and with all my strength right to the end.

Is God calling me? How do I know if God is calling me? There are several things that help us to discern God’s call in our lives:

  1. Prayer: Spend time daily in quiet prayer, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Blesses Sacrament. Also praying the Rosary. Mary’s total surrender to God is a model for all of us to follow. Read the Scriptures, especially the Gospels.
  2. Sacraments: Frequent reception of the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist open our hearts to hearing the voice of God.
  3. Counsel: Seek counsel from people you trust (your parents, a priest). Get spiritual direction from someone trained to do so.
  4. Silence: Being with God in silence allows us to hear His voice, away from all of the distractions of the world.
  5. Visit: Visit a seminary: You do not know what you are saying yes or no to unless you go and see
  6. Participate: Join a discernment group in order to be with others who are trying to discern God’s will in their lives.
  7. Trust: Above all, trust that doing the will of God will bring us joy and peace.

Thank you Father Burke Masters for these words.