Vocation

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10 inspiring Catholic quotes about fatherhood

Jun 15, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Whether you’re writing out a Father’s Day card or pondering the great vocation, here are 10 quotes from Catholic figures... Read more

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Survey: New priests are young and involved in their community 

Apr 16, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The survey found that half of the graduating 2024 seminarians, “ordinands,” will be ordained at 31 years or younger —... Read more

Daiane Silva Pereira, 29, has been to every World Youth Day that Pope Francis has attended. Each of them played an important role in her discernment of religious life and now she's in Lisbon for WYD 2023 as a member of the religious community Comunidade Canção Nova.

Brazilian missionary developed her vocation by following Pope Francis’ WYD events

Jul 31, 2023

By ACI Digital

Daiane Silva Pereira has been to three World Youth Days and is now at WYD Lisbon with members of her... Read more

At World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Nelson Cintra (at left in top row) was changed by Christ — and now he will go to Lisbon as a new priest for World Youth Day 2023, Aug. 1–6.

‘Give your life to Jesus’: How a World Youth Day put a young man on the path to priesthood

Jul 25, 2023

By Lori Hadacek Chaplin

At World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Nelson Cintra knelt and prayed: “Christ, I give you my whole life.” Read more

Ordination of deacons of the Pontifical North American College Seminary in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, on Sept. 29, 2022

'Exciting time to become a saint', says new rector of Pontifical North American College in Rome

“I think it’s amazing that God’s voice still gets through, that these men still hear God’s voice, and they respond... Read more

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Father Josh Johnson to lead discernment retreat: 'Representation matters'

May 26, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

When Father Josh Johnson first felt called to the priesthood, there was an obstacle he had to overcome first —... Read more

Nathan de Brito and Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013 (L) Nathan de Brito and Bishop Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias en 2021 (R). Facebook de Mons. Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias

Boy who embraced pope during WYD in Rio is now a young man discerning religious life

Jan 5, 2022

By Cynthia Perez

During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013, a boy made his way through the crowd to hug... Read more

What is it that God is calling you to do with your life?

Taking time to ask, 'What is God's will?'

Dec 24, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Discerning your vocation is about more than pursuing a celibate vocation alone, said Father Ryan O’Neill, director of vocations for... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Chaput to college students: Following God's will is the answer to our dark times

Mar 21, 2019

There’s a scene in the middle of the Lord of the Rings, a fantasy series written by Catholic author J.R.R.... Read more

Pope Francis with religious sisters and brothers Oct. 16, 2018.

Pope Francis: Be bold in responding to the Lord's call

Mar 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

It takes courage and boldness to trust in God’s promises and follow the vocation he has set out for you,... Read more

Friar Juan Maria Crisostomo (Right) hitchhiking with a fellow friar and Little Sister of Jesus and Mary.

Meet the hitchhiking friar with an extraordinary near-death experience

Jan 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Miraculous events have shaped Friar Juan Maria Crisostomo’s life to bring him to the radical poverty and simplicity of his... Read more

Fr. Juan Pablo Aroztegi is ordained July 2 by Bishop José Ignacio Munilla.

Questions from agnostic friend lead Spanish man to the priesthood

Dec 27, 2018

Fr. Juan Pablo Aroztegi became the youngest priest in the diocese of San Sebastian, Spain, when he was ordained last... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Oct 31, 2018.

Pope Francis calls faithful married love 'revolutionary'

Oct 31, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Faithful married love, in which a husband loves his wife like Christ loves the Church, is “revolutionary,” Pope Francis said... Read more

Cover of the instruction on consecrated virgins, Ecclesia sponsae imago.

Vatican publishes norms on consecrated virgins

Jul 4, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Almost 50 years after the Church published the new Rite of Consecrated Virginity, the Vatican has issued an instruction on... Read more

Is the single life a vocation? Maybe we're asking the wrong question.

Dec 27, 2017

By Mary Farrow

From a young age, Catholics are taught to pray about and discern their vocations – whether they're called to marriage,... Read more

The little-known vocation of consecrated virginity

Nov 10, 2017

When speaking about vocational life, the first people who come to mind are often married couples, priests or nuns. Lesser... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Oct. 4, 2014.

Where does every vocation start? The family, Pope Francis says

Nov 8, 2014

By Ann Schneible

In a meeting with members of the Italian Adult Catholic Scouting Movement, Pope Francis stressed the “educative mission” of the... Read more

Woman praying in Milan, Aug. 21, 2007.

Is a 'vocation of friendship' key to gay ministry in the Church?

Oct 24, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Recovering an understanding of friendship as a vocation could be a way for the Church to help ease spiritual problems... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Do not fear the call of Jesus, Pope says in radio interview

Aug 12, 2014

In a 20-minute live interview on an Argentinean radio station on Aug. 8, Pope Francis encouraged young people to fearlessly... Read more

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Columnist calls for 'life-giving' community among single laity

Sep 23, 2013

Amid rising numbers of people living alone, the Church must help build relationships and community with those who are not... Read more