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Vocations Sunday

2021-04-16T13:58:46-05:00

The Fourth Sunday (also known as Good Shepherd Sunday) of Easter occurs three weeks after the celebration of Easter. This year, that date is April 25, 2021. In 1964, Pope Paul VI established this day as a World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which we call Vocations Sunday in the Catholic Church. The Lord has called each of us to a certain living, but on Vocations Sunday, the Catholic Church specifically celebrates those called to “vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), consecrated life in all its forms (male and female religious life, societies of apostolic life, consecrated virginity), secular [...]

Vocations Sunday2021-04-16T13:58:46-05:00

Understanding Your Vocation In Life

2021-01-12T12:58:07-05:00

God has called all of His children to a particular vocation in their lives. Everyone has a different calling from God, and it will be presented to you in different ways. We may have many callings, and there are ways you can realize what your vocation is in life.    One man might have a calling to marriage and/or a certain profession. Another man might have a calling to religious life. As Catholics, we believe everything we are called to do in life is based on God’s will. Following God’s plan for us leads us to eternal life in Heaven. We [...]

Understanding Your Vocation In Life2021-01-12T12:58:07-05:00

Is God Calling You To Religious Life?

2020-12-03T14:27:16-05:00

In life, we are all called to a vocation to fulfill our lives. Some of us may be called to pursue teaching, becoming a doctor or the arts. Some of us receive a call from God to religious life. When God calls you, how will you know? The call from God might start as a whisper that grows louder and more persistent each day. The first telltale sign may be a strong desire towards religious life. In particular, those who feel pulled to the Catholic priesthood will want to be ordained and live out their vocation to God.  If you feel [...]

Is God Calling You To Religious Life?2020-12-03T14:27:16-05:00

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on the Upswing

2020-02-20T09:29:09-05:00

Despite an overall decline across both the United States and here at home within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Catholic Mass attendance, baptisms and Catholic schools and parishes, attendance at St. Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, PA is on the rise. Future priests for the Archdiocese are formed here (as well as many priests for other dioceses). In 2006, 41 men were enrolled to study at St. Charles for the Philadelphia Archdiocese. This marked the lowest enrollment number in a century.  But the general trend since then has been on the rise. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 81 men were enrolled.  These [...]

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on the Upswing2020-02-20T09:29:09-05:00

Kirstin Holum, Speed Skating To Religious Life

2020-01-15T16:09:23-05:00

At the age of 16, Kirstin Holum visited the shrine of Our Lady Of Fatima in Portugal. Here, she heard a voice telling her that one day, she’d be a sister. It was this moment, the seed to serve God was planted in her mind.  “It was the first time in my life I truly knew that Jesus was real, alive, that he loved me and had a plan for my life,” she said. “I could barely make it to the pew I was so overwhelmed with joy at knowing the love of Jesus in that moment.” However, she was already [...]

Kirstin Holum, Speed Skating To Religious Life2020-01-15T16:09:23-05:00

Vocation Quiz

2019-12-13T12:29:44-05:00

Have you heard God’s call to you, but are unsure what he is calling you to? Each of us has been called to live out a vocation by God, and it’s sometimes difficult to discern which vocation to choose to love and serve God to the fullest. To help you think about this, take this handy quiz that may lead you in the right direction.  Whether you are called to the single life, married life or religious life, God chose this path for you with reason. Take your answer to the quiz, and continue on your journey to serve God.  If [...]

Vocation Quiz2019-12-13T12:29:44-05:00

Ways Families Can Encourage Vocations

2019-11-20T15:13:28-05:00

https://youtu.be/Pt3Rp8lZ_tA For a Catholic family (or any family really) with young children, there are many ways to encourage vocations and help your children realize their calling from God. Largely, this is easily achieved by teaching and leading by example. Praying with your children at home on a regular basis acts as both a way to spend time with each other, but to show them prayer is good and helpful in everyday life. Involvement in parish activities and forming friendships with the priests help foster awareness and respect for the lifestyle of vocations. Regular mass attendance will also encourage vocations. Growing up [...]

Ways Families Can Encourage Vocations2019-11-20T15:13:28-05:00

Vocations Endure

2019-11-20T15:09:32-05:00

Despite a decline in the total number of men and women entering religious life, vocations endure, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) has found that over the last 50 years, the number of priests is down 38% and the number of religious sisters is down 73%. However, creating a “culture of vocations” from baptism can help encourage men and women to enter religious life.  By creating this culture, there are three senses of vocation to recognize: a call to holiness, discussion of what are typically considered vocations (priesthood, religious or single life and marriage) and a sense of [...]

Vocations Endure2019-11-20T15:09:32-05:00

“Help Wanted: Sisters of Life”

2019-11-20T15:05:13-05:00

How an Article Lead to the Creation of the Sisters Of Life The Sisters O fLife are a religious order of women who simply love love. They see the good and beauty in every person, and know he or she was created in God’s image and likeness, and give their lives for that fact.  Cardinal John O’Connor, a Navy Chaplain and later Archbishop of New York, visited the Dachau concentration camp in 1975. Profoundly moved by the devastation and complete disregard for human life seen at this site during World War II, he made a promise to protect human life at [...]

“Help Wanted: Sisters of Life”2019-11-20T15:05:13-05:00

Answer God’s Call With Vocation Match

2019-10-02T14:32:53-05:00

You know God is calling you to religious life, but what exactly does He have in store for you? Luckily, Vision Vocation Network provides the resources needed to learn what vocation God is calling you to.  One tool in particular is Vocation Match. This quiz helps you decide what religious order is right for you, and what role within that order answers your call to God. The quiz takes into account your state of mind, and finds the religious community that fits your preferences. Take the quiz today to find out what religious order fits you. Vision Vocation Network also has [...]

Answer God’s Call With Vocation Match2019-10-02T14:32:53-05:00

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