A vocation is a call from God to a certain state of life. A priestly vocation is how God calls particular men to serve as His instruments to, with the sacraments, shower humanity with abundant blessings and graces.
- Pope Francis to Seminarians & Novices, July 6, 2013
Discerning your vocation is not a decision to go to seminary, or even a commitment. It’s simply remaining open to the possibility of following God’s call to religious life.
Growing up, my family made faith a priority, but in college it was more difficult to see it as the most important part of my life. In my Junior year of college, I moved in with two Catholic guys who really taught me how important it was to live life with Christ at the center. These guys were joyful, convicted, and loved their faith, something I definitely took notice of as a student trying to find his way.
My Senior year I got to go on a retreat with our college campus ministry and encountered the Lord in a profound way in Adoration. In that moment I knew I had to make Jesus the center of my life and follow Him wherever it is He leads me. For several years I was a FOCUS Missionary out on the West Coast, meeting college students and sharing the faith the same way it was shared with me.
It was during my time in FOCUS when COVID happened, and I was suddenly locked in a house for the foreseeable future. Unable to go to mass during this tumultuous time, I realized how important the faith is not just for myself, but for everyone. I felt the Lord tugging at my heart to give my life to Him in service of others, and to spread the Good News that was so generously impacting my own life. I applied to seminary the next year and have felt incredible peace following what I believe is the Lord’s will for my life.
Discernment is hard, and it cannot be done alone! Talk to your vocation director and start a conversation, they want you to find your vocation as badly as you do. God knows the deepest parts of our hearts, and there is nothing more fulfilling than following His plan!
- Kevin, Seminarian
July 23 Vocation Mass & Dinner, 4 pm - 7 pm
Want to dig a little deeper? Come check out our Vocations Kiosk at the Newman Center for books, pamphlets, and other materials to guide your discernment process. And they are all free!