The Vocations Office helps individuals discern a vocation to ordained or vowed service to the Church, supports those who are exploring this call, and provides training and education to those pursuing this vocation. A call to the priesthood or consecrated life is a tremendous gift from our Lord.
Answering the call to serve Christ and his Church is always rewarding. As Cardinal John Newman once wrote, “God has a purpose for each of us- a vocation to be lived out in faith and obedience. He knows what He is about.” In our vocations office, we endeavor to help people discern the call to service as a priest, sister, or brother.
To be called to the Priesthood in this day and age is both a gift and a challenge. It requires a generous heart, an open mind, and a very courageous spirit.
A priestly vocation is not a gift that is given merely to enrich and better one’s own self, but rather a gift that is given with the responsibility and the expectation that the gift will be shared with others.
“Friendship with Jesus Christ should be the most profound and ultimate motive that gives one courage to become a priest.” —Walter Kasper