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Dear Catholic Young Men and Women,

Thank you for taking the time to seek out information on discerning your vocation.

The opportunity to open your heart to God’s will and to discern when He is calling you is truly a gift. Such thoughts and prayers set you on a path that leads to experiencing His grace, His peace, and His joy. Each one of us needs to ask the question “Lord, what are you calling me to?” We ask that question with an open heart and mind, like the apostles who’s calling by Christ is described in the Gospels.

It takes effort to listen to and to hear that calling. Sometimes it takes real courage to say yes to the Lord. But in the end, His calling will make us happy, in this life and in the next.

I am grateful that you have come to this website. It is our hope that the information that you find here will help you as you discern.

Be assured of my prayers for you,

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

'A Calling from God'

From the very beginning, when He created you, God has been calling you, calling you to know him, love him, and serve him in a special and unique way that only you can. This is your mission. This is your Vocation. This is your path to happiness, love, fulfillment, success, and heaven.

The word “vocation” means “to be called”. God created us and calls each one of us to be holy, to be His adopted children, to be servants and love to others, and to ultimately be with Him in Heaven for all eternity. However, while these are universal calls to every person, God has created each one of us with a multitude of different gifts and talents that has an enormous potential to be fulfilled within the context of a particular lifestyle. The four possible vocational lifestyles that God places before us are: Ordained life, religious life, married life, or single life.