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Ten things to know about discerning a vocation

August 13, 2019

OUT OF A LONG AND SOMETIMES CHALLENGING JOURNEY TO RELIGIOUS LIFE COME THESE TEN SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHERS STILL IN DISCERNMENT

vocationnetwork.org  |  Written by Father Christian Raab, OSB

On January 25, 2008 Father Christian Raab, OSB made solemn vows as a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Eighteen months later he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. These two events celebrated the beginning of a new level of committed service to God and the Church, and also marked an end of a long and sometimes difficult path of discernment...

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A Vocation Story

Follow a typical day in the life of Fr. Gary Zender, pastor of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue, and Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Seattle, as he talks about his priestly vocation.

View A Day in the Life of Fr. Gary

"Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision.... 

Rather it is the response
to a call of love."

— Pope Francis —

How does God want you to use your gifts?

Every person has a vocation, a way God is calling them to love.
Discernment is the process by which you discover God's will and plan for you.
Maybe you are discerning your vocation within the church, wondering if you are called to the priesthood. Read on. There are many resources here that can help.

Am I called?

Seminarians in the Archdiocese of Seattle have begun their journey toward the priesthood. Meet some of our current seminarians and learn more about seminary life.

Meet Our Seminarians

A member of a religious order belongs to a community bound together by a common charism and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Meet Our Priests

Each religious community is a special blessing in our church, with its particular mission and spirituality. Religious communities share much in common with each other, and yet, each one has its own unique spirit or 'charism.' 

Meet Our Religious Sisters

Self-Assessment Survey

What Is God's Will for Me?

Finding the right vocation to serve God within the Church can sometimes be a challenging question. We have created an online vocations assessment to help.

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Begin finding your path:


Do you desire to serve God and the Church with your entire life?

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"I will give you shepherds
after my own heart."

– Jeremiah 3:15