The Main Vocations
To what are Catholics called?
Most people are called to marriage—to wholeheartedly love their spouses and to joyfully welcome children. The purpose of marriage is for a man and woman to help each other get to heaven, and to teach their children to do the same. Like any vocation, marriage must be discerned, not assumed.
Both men and women can join religious orders such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, Benedictines, etc. The life and work of religious orders varies greatly—some are primarily devoted to prayer; others work actively in schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Common to all religious orders are the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Priests bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus through preaching and the sacraments. Priests are very active as they counsel people, teach classes, prepare homilies, administer parishes, and much more. Many surveys show that priests are among the happiest people in the world!
Some people serve God as single people, without marrying or making special vows. While not a “vocation” in a strict theological sense, single people “contribute greatly to the good of the human family” (CCC 2231). “Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion” (CCC 1658).
Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, You made each of us
to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.
We ask that You inspire
young people whom you call to
priesthood and consecrated life
to courageously follow Your will.
Send workers into Your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached,
the poor are served with love,
the suffering are comforted,
and Your people are strengthened
by the sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Resource Page for Priests
This handsome four-page guide expands on the information within this web site, offering ideas for how to celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week with your parish or organization.
Used by more than 50 dioceses, this new, expanded version of our best-selling “Priest Resource Page” is packed with information pastors can actually use.
Vocation Resource Packet
The 2019 Vocation Resource Packet was created to help parishes celebrate Vocation Awareness Week, with a focus on helping families foster vocations. It contains 10 high-quality resources, including the new brochure “A Call to Love” and a creative table tent which helps families discuss vocations at dinner. The packet is an excellent starting point for parishes that want to observe the week in a meaningful way.