Are You Called?
Steps to help you find out.
Do you wonder if God is calling you?
Discerning a vocation is a process — and one you don’t have to face alone. A vocation director will help you to be more aware of the aspirations and movements of the Holy Spirit.
Steps to Help Discern Your Vocation
Pray, especially before the Blessed Sacrament, to know the Lord's will.
Find a spiritual director who is easy to talk to and who can help you develop your relationship with God and to know yourself better.
Contact a vocation director.
Research religious and priestly life.
Contact communities that interest you.
Visit the ones you feel called to.
Involve yourself in a retreat or event with communities to see where you sense coming home.
Be open to wherever God is calling you. Your vocation might not be where you expected.
If it becomes clear that God is calling you on a particular path toward the priesthood or religious life, do not hesitate to answer the call! Listen to the encouraging words of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II, when he said:
"Do not be afraid to open your minds to Christ the Lord who is calling. Feel His loving look upon you and respond enthusiastically to Jesus when He asks you to follow Him without reserve."
— Pastores Dabo Vobis, 82
If you are contemplating a vocation, please explore the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
We welcome all those who have a yearning to serve God and a desire to prayerfully test their vocation. We encourage your questions. You are also welcome for a visit or retreat to meet our community.