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Therefore in the Church, everyone whether belonging to the hierarchy, or being cared for by it, is called to holiness, according to the saying of the Apostle: ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification’.” 


Resources

 

 External Link Catholics on Call: assists young adults reflect on God's call in their lives, who may be considering the possibility of a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest.

External Link Glossary of Terms: an alphabetical list of terms associated with vocations.

External Link Partial List of religious communities in the Archdiocese of New York.

External Link Hearing the Call: Thinking about religious life? These may be a help.

External Link Vocation Tree: each individual Christian is uniquely called by God, beginning at Baptism, to go into the world and to bear much fruit. The Vocation Tree artwork helps to illustrate that this unique, individual vocation given to each Christian embodies many components.  Interactive website. 

External Link What is a vocation? Answers to questions regarding the nature of a vocation, what a priest is, a sister is, a brother is, etc.

Universal Call to Holiness

This is a PDF document Catechist Lesson Plan Resource on the Universal Call to Holiness from the Association for Catechetical Ministry.

Married Life Vocation

External Link  For Your Marriage: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops marriage website that provides information, skills, inspiration and resources to help your marriage grow. Por Tu Matrimonio: Un espacio para inspirar, ayudar y exhortar a las parejas de habla hispana a vivir más plenamente su relación de pareja.

External Link Couple Prayer: A program to help married or engaged couples learn how to pray together safely, closely, comfortably and consistently.

External Link How to Keep Love Going Strong – 7 Principles On The Road To Happily Ever After: a poster from Yes! Magazine

External Link Institute for Marital Healing: Strengthens Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts

External Link Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan (abridged version) – in November 2009 the U.S. Catholic Bishops approved this pastoral letter which brings together the Church’s key teachings on marriage as both a natural gift and a sacrament. The letter discusses several contemporary challenges to marriage and how the Church addresses those challenges.  The full version is here.

External Link Marriage: Unique for a Reason: offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.

Priesthood Vocation

External Link Archdiocesan Vocations Office for Priesthood: the official website for priestly vocations in the Archdiocese of New York.

External Link Cathedral Prep Program: a program for young men of high school age who are seriously considering the call to be a priest.

External Link Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity: a guide to promote Eucharistic adoration for priestly vocations.

External Link ForYourVocation.org: vocation resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop.

Diaconate Vocation (Deacon)

External Link Permanent Deacons: official website for the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of New York

Religious Life Vocation

External Link Catholic News Publishing Company: Guide to Religious Ministries: publication with information on men and women's communities and volunteer opportunities.

External Link ForYourVocation.org: vocation resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop.

External Link Jeopardy Game on Single and Religious Life: based on the game show, it contains categories based on vocations to the single and religious life. 

Secular Institutes

External Link United States Conference of Secular Institutes: members are consecrated by vows and are "in the world and not of the world, but for the world."

Single Life Vocation

External Link Jeopardy Game on Single and Religious Life: based on the game show, it contains categories based on vocations to the single and religious life.

On YouTube Single Life: The Universal Call To Holiness: a video that explores the universal call to holiness in the context of the single life. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

External Link Catholic Network of Volunteer Services: an organization of Christian volunteer programs that promotes full-time service and mission opportunities.

External Link St. Vincent Pallotti Center: an organization to promote lay volunteer service opportunities in Christianbased programs.

Vocation Promotion Organizations/Websites

External Link Catholics on Call: assists young adults to reflect on God’s call in their lives. We reach out to people like you—men and women of college and post-college age—who may be considering the possibility of a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest.

External Link Vision Vocation Guide: contains articles on prayer, religious life, priesthood, discernment and information on Religious Communities.

External Link National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors: promotes diocesan priesthood, providing resources for the formation, support, and advocacy of diocesan vocation directors as they work within the Catholic Church to foster a culture of vocations, raising up new priests for the Body of Christ.

External Link National Religious Vocation Conference: is a professional organization of vocation ministers that presents religious life as a viable option in the Catholic Church. NRVC promotes vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to life as a religious sister, brother, or priest. NRVC reflects all forms of religious life and provides educational opportunities, resources, and other supportive services for spiritual, professional, and personal growth.

External Link Vocation Match (TrueQuest): with so many vocation options, it's not easy to discern the best path to live out your Christian calling. Vocation Match was designed to narrow your search. It’s easy and fun!

External Link Vocations and Prayer: Rogationist publications committed to promoting a culture of vocations in the Catholic Church through our magazine, Vocations and Prayer and various prayer resources specifically created to aid in vocation ministry.

External Link Catholic Religious Vocation Network: Vision Vocation Guide, published annually by TrueQuest Communications on behalf of the National Religious Vocation Conference, is the best and most comprehensive resource available in print and online for those seeking information on Catholic religious vocations. En espanol también.