What are Vocations?

We believe, through the grace of our baptism that God calls each one of us to a vocation in which we can build the kingdom and grow in holiness. 

What is a Vocation?

Each one of us is given different gifts and part of our growth in faith is to discern the best way to Love God and one another through our vocation.

A vocation is more than a career, it’s a call from God. Many are called to marriage, and perhaps to be parents. But some are called to give their whole lives for the mission of the Church through priesthood and religious life.

One way by which we discern our vocation is by being active in the life of the church – by participation in the sacraments, studying the faith, growing in our own personal prayer life, being of service to our brothers and sisters and engaging with the community.

We don’t discern alone, but in the midst of the church, helping one another to discover Gods’ will.

“I will instruct you and teach you

the way you should go;

I will counsel you

with my eye upon you.” 

-Psalm 32:8 

Part of discerning God’s will is following the Church’s primary teachings for growing in holiness, understanding your particular gifts, and where those overlap with the greatest need in your local community. The church in the Archdiocese of Seattle, the local Church in Western WA, needs people who will be ministers with their entire lives.

Priesthood and religious life in the Archdiocese of Seattle is filled with great blessings and diversity of ministry.  Priests in the Archdiocese are primarily sent to shepherd God’s people through the celebration of the sacraments, preaching and teaching the Word and being pastors for God’s people.

If God is calling you, bring that calling and discernment to the Church.

None of us discern alone. If the Church is calling you, have the courage to say yes and take the next step – Trusting that the Risen Jesus will be with you and God has in store for you a future full of hope.

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