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The Church fulfills her mission when she guides every member of the faithful to discover and live his or her own vocation in freedom and to bring it to fulfillment in charity.

…Each one, therefore, must be helped to embrace the gift entrusted to him as a completely unqiue person, and to hear the words which the Spirit of God personally addresses to him.

– Pope John Paul the Great, Pastores Dabo Vobis


DISCERNING MEN

PRIESTLY VOCATION RESOURCES:

DiocesanPriest.com
Information and Resources on the Diocesan Priesthood

Discerning Men Website (USCCB)

Who is a priest? and Homilies on Vocations (Vocation Boom)

Prayer and Discernment Resources (USCCB)

BOOKS:

To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide to Discerning a Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood, by Fr. Brett Brannen

USCCB’s Reading List for Discerning Men

FORMS OF CONSECRATED LIFE (MEN):

Forms of Consecrated Life (USCCB)

  • Eremetic Life
  • Religious Life
  • Secular Institutes
  • Societies of Apostolic Life
VOCATIONS DIRECTORS:

Fr. Joe Kim, Director of Vocations, Diocese of San Jose: vocations[at]dsj.org

Local Monastery (Men’s Religious Life): Carmelite Friars, Mount Saint Joseph Monastery (Clayton Road, San Jose)

Not from the Diocese of San Jose?  Find your local Diocesan Vocation Director

VOCATION OF MARRIAGE:

DSJ Vocations: Holy Matrimony

Marriage and Family (USCCB)

More coming soon!


DISCERNING WOMEN

DSJ Vocations Office Calendar and News

DSJ Vocations Retreats

FORMS OF CONSECRATED LIFE (WOMEN):


Forms of Consecrated Life
 (USCCB)

  • Eremetic Life
  • Consecrated Virgins and Widows
  • Religious Life
  • Secular Institutes
  • Societies of Apostolic Life
LEARN ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS LIFE


What is the Religious Life?

Theology of Religious Life

Formation Process

Videos

DISCERNMENT HELP

3 Keys for Discernment

Prayers and Discernment Resources (USCCB)

Recommended Reading (USCCB)

Imagine Sisters Movement
Organization with many discernment tools, across social media

 

BOOKS

Is This a Call?, by Sister Clare Matthiass, CFR

A Right to Be Merry, by Mother Mary Francis, PCC

Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience, by Mother Mary Francis, PCC

USCCB’s Reading List for Discerning Women

 

DISCERNMENT RETREAT LISTS

DSJ Vocations Retreats

Upcoming Women’s Retreats (CSMWR)

Upcoming Women’s Retreats (IRL)

Imagine Sisters Facebook (Posts upcoming discernment retreats in US)

FOR FUN


Vocations Flyer by the Poor Clares

MOBILE APPS


Women Religious App

Daughters of Charity

Daughters of St. Paul

LOCAL CLOISTERED MONASTERIES


Poor Clare Nuns
: http://www.poorclareslosaltos.org/
28210 Natoma Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Holy Mass: 7:00 am
Chapel Open: 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
650-948-2947

Carmelite Nunshttp://www.mary-queen-of-carmel-assoc.org/santaclara/
1000 Lincoln Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Mass: M-Sat 7:15 am, Sun 10:30 am
Chapel Open: M-Sat 6:30 am to 4:15 pm, Sun 7 am to 5 pm
(408) 296-8412

VOCATION DIRECTRESSES IN DSJ


Daughters of Charity, Province of the West
http://www.daughtersofcharity.com/
Vocations Directress: Sr. Lisa Laguna, DC
26000 Altamont Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4317

VOCATION OF MARRIAGE:

DSJ Vocations: Holy Matrimony

Marriage and Family (USCCB)

More coming soon!


PARENTS

RESOURCE LISTS:

Parent Resources (USCCB)

ARTICLES:

For parents (Imagine Sisters)

For Families (Vocation Boom)

What the Popes Want Parents to Know About Vocation Promotion (Vocation Boom)

Parent’s Prayer For Vocations

BOOKS:

A Priest in the Family, by Fr. Brett Brannen

 

 


PARISHES & SCHOOLS

Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, by Rhonda Gruenewald

20 Ways to Promote Vocations (USCCB)

2012 CARA Survey Of Youth And Young Adults On Vocations

2015 CARA Study: The Role of the Family in Nurturing Vocations

DiocesanPriest.com (NCDVD)

Promotional Materials

The Vocations Office has prayer cards, books, brochures, posters, seminarian tear-off pads, and other material available for all parishes and schools. Please contact the Vocations Office if you need any materials.

EDUCATORS

Role of Teachers (Quick Reference Guide on Vocations)

Vocations Curriculum (Free): “To Make God Known, Loved, and Served” (K-8)

Collection of Vocations Lesson Plans (USCCB)

YOUTH LEADERS

Collection of Youth Ministry Nights on Vocations  (USCCB)

CALLED: Discover Your Vocation (video series by YDisciple and NCDVD)

Building a Vocations Culture (NFCYM)

Vocation Posts (LifeTeen)

PARISHES

Vocations Event Resources

Printable calendar of DSJ Vocations events

Priesthood Sunday (Oct 21, 2017):
Serra Website

National Vocations Awareness Week (November 5-11, 2017):
Homily Points | USCCB Website | Resources by Vianney Vocations | NVAW Info

Vocations General Intercessions:
First Sunday of Advent to Feast of Christ the King
Year A: PDF | Word Doc
Year B:  | PDF | Word Doc
Year C: PDF | Word Doc 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations (April 22, 2018):
USCCB Website  |  WDPV Website  |  Serra Website

Vocations Resource Store

VocationMinistry.com (free resources, but need to create a free account before viewing)

Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, by Rhonda Gruenewald

Promoting Vocations Among Diverse Cultures

Vietnamese Vocations (USCCB)

Korean Vocations (USCCB)


PRAYER RESOURCES:

DISCERNMENT:

Discernment Tips

Rosary for Vocations

What does God Want? by Fr. Michael Scanlan

Holy Hour to Know My Vocation (for groups)

FORMS OF PRAYER:

Liturgy of the Hours:
DivineOffice.org
Universalis
iBreviary

Eucharistic Adoration:

Tips for making a Holy Hour of Adoration  (DSJ Vocations Website)

Adoration Chapels in the Diocese of San Jose

Adoration Chapels in California

Way of the Cross for Vocations:
English: Full Sheet | Booklet
Spanish: Full Sheet | Booklet
Bilingual: Full Sheet | Booklet

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS:

Spiritual Motherhood (USCCB)

How to pray for Vocations (DSJ Vocations Website)

Commit to pray for Vocations in the Diocese of San Jose!

 


VIDEOS ON VOCATIONS

FREE FILMS:

Fishers of Men (Priesthood)

Light of Love (Religious Life)

I Will Follow (Priesthood)

A Day in the Life of a Priest

SHORT VIDEOS:

How Should I Discern the Priesthood?

Fr. Joe Kim, One Man’s Journey to the Priesthood

Sister Veronica Maria on Joy (Short video on the joy of being a Sister)

VIDEO COLLECTIONS:

Vocation Boom (Priesthood)

Imagine Sisters (Religious life & discernment)

USCCB (For Men, Women, Parents, Educators, etc)

DOCUMENTARIES:

Into Great Silence (Carthusian Monks)

No Greater Love (Carmelite Nuns)

For Love Alone (Religious Sisters)

CATHOLIC CLASSICS:

Lilies of the Field

Bells of St. Mary’s

 


OUR SOCIAL MEDIA

DSJ VOCATIONS:

Vocations Facebook facebook.com/DSJVocations

Vocations Twitter twitter.com/DSJVocations

DIOCESE OF SAN JOSE:

Vocations Facebookfacebook.com/DioceseSanJose

Vocations FacebookDSJ Young Adult Facebook

Vocations FacebookDSJ Youth Ministry Facebook


VOCATIONS RESOURCES

DiocesanPriest.com
Resources on the Diocesan Priesthood

Vocation Ministry
Wide variety of resources for those involved in parish ministry; create free account to use

For Your Vocation.org

Imagine Sisters Movement (Women’s religious life)
Great resource for promoting vocations across social media with many discernment tools

Vocation Boom! (Priesthood)
Non-profit initiative to build a culture that’s open to the priesthood (website has great resources for discernment and vocation promotion)

The Melchizedek Project (Priesthood)
Free resources to start a discernment group


ORGANIZATIONS

These organizations help inspire and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Imagine Sisters Movement (Women’s religious life)
Great resource for promoting vocations across social media with many discernment tools

Vocation Boom! (Priesthood)
Non-profit initiative to build a culture that’s open to the priesthood (website has great resources for discernment and vocation promotion)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Vocations and Priestly Formation

National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors

Serra International
International organization with a mission to foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and vowed religious life.  Several Serra Clubs in DSJ

Knights of Columbus
Catholic-based fraternal service organization with chapters in DSJ

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