It’s National Vocation Awareness Week!
I’ve enjoyed going into each of the classrooms in my school and asking for a show of hands for who thinks they have a vocation. It has been awesome that almost all of the kids have raised their hands! They don’t know what they’re called to yet, but they know and are aware that they do in fact have a vocation and God has an incredible plan for their lives! This little guy in the picture may be called to be a priest, or he may be called to be an awesome husband and father one day, only time will tell. But if all of the rest of us don’t talk about the importance of following God’s will, and if we aren’t praying for our young people to discern their vocations, then many of them may miss their call without even realizing it! Let’s all make sure to do our part especially this week by talking about and praying for vocations!
– Fr. Romke
2017 Vocation Camps Promo
Everyone has a Vocation, a way to let God’s love be known to the world at the same time as they are loved themselves by God. Sometimes God calls us on a path that we expect but other times we are called to walk on roads that we never saw coming. At times it is easy but other times it is very hard. But every time that we accept and embrace God’s will, He promises to walk with us every step of the way, and He promises that our efforts, our endurance, and our gift of laying our lives down for His sake, will bear incredible fruit both in our own lives and in the lives of others.
Below is the story of a young woman from our own Diocese, Anna Miller, whom God had an incredible plan for, and who faithfully remained close to God despite incredible trials, who embraced her vocation to be a teacher and in doing so is continuing to teach a lesson of Faith even after her life here on earth has been completed.
I invite you to listen to her story so that you can be inspired to say yes to God’s plan for your life, accept your vocation, and so that you too can bear incredible fruit just like she did.
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.