The word vocation is derived from the latin word 'vocare', meaning to 'call'. Vocation is therefore about a 'call' in our lives.
Many people believe that to have a vocation is an exclusive call to the priesthood or religious life and whilst this is true in part, each and everyone of us has a unique vocation, called by the Lord through our Baptism, to a life of Holiness and the discovery of which is a key step on our journey of faith.
For many of us, our vocation is manifest through marriage or through single life,others however are called to the service of the Church, through consecrated life as a religious or through ordained ministry.
Throughout the history of the Church there have been different forms of consecrated life; varied ways of expressing a desire to follow Christ with an ‘undivided heart’ (1 Corinthians 7:34).
The state of being single is what we’re all born into and remains the default situation for those who have not found a vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life. Could it really be a choice? It is a vocational choice provided it is chosen.
If you think you might have a vocation or just a desire to become a priest, a deacon or a religious, seek advice from your parish priest or contact:
Fr Adrian Wilcock
Church of the Immaculate Conception,
Tel: 01352 732245
Curial Office: 01978 262726
Prayer For Selfless service
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward,
Save that of knowing that we do your will.
Vocations Awareness Day