Religious Discernment

Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.

—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

VOCATION

“A call from God to a distinctive state of life, in which the person can reach holiness.”

All of us are called by God to “Be holy because I am holy” (1 Pt 1:16). However, achieving

Sister Mary Mother of the Crucified with her father, John
Sister Mary Mother of the Crucified with her father, John

this goal in daily life can accomplished through several different paths, or vocations. Many are called to the vocation of Marriage. Others are called to the vocation of single life without any official affiliation. Some are specially called by God to be holy in a religious vocation; as Priest, Deacon, or Consecrated Religious. Discerning your vocation can be a difficult task as we seek to hear the still, small voice of God in a clamorous world. It is important to seek guidance on which path God is calling you to serve.

PRIESTHOOD

Are you ready to say YES! to God? Are you ready to become a priest? Christendom desperately needs holy priests, brave priests, virtuous priests! Perhaps you have what it takes to be one. You owe it to yourself to give the idea serious thought.

Archdiocese of Baltimore Vocations Office

facebook.com/BmoreVocations twitter.com/BmoreVocations contact the Director of Vocations

https://vimeo.com/7187151  The Catholic Priesthood (Youtube): www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FbL7eFJGdQ&feature=youtu.be

Why Become a Priest? Powerful Reasons, Great Answers!

The Chase Hilgenbrink Story Leaving Professional Soccer to be a Priest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sp-BXeYuYI  FOLLOW ME: Chase Hilgenbrinck www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEiYyRWM88Y  Chase Hilgenbrink: Sports Chaplain at Mount Saint Mary’s www.youtube.com/watch?v=es_8ekX3GHk  How Should I Discern the Priesthood? www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdxYHfExkfo

For Parents  Archdiocese of Baltimore: www.becomeapriest.org/promote/for-parents/  FOLLOW ME: Chase Hilgenbrink: A Parent’s View: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNgH_e8U0g8 USCCB: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/parents/videos.cfm

For more information, contact Monsignor Dick Murphy

PERMANENT DIACONATE (I Come to Serve)

https://www.archbalt.org/clergy/deacons/

“Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.”

In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy. Baltimore Vocations Office: www.archbalt.org/vocations/deacons/index.cfm  Elements of Formation Process: www.archbalt.org/vocations/deacons/dimensions-of-formation.cfm  Admission Requirements:  www.archbalt.org/vocations/deacons/admission-requirements.cfm

For more information, contact: Deacon Jim Barth, [Deacon Robert Price] or the Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Vocations at: corr@archbalt.org

CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS (Men and Women)

In this privileged state [the religious life] there is a happy and wonderful exchange; for goods of this world are given up and in their place the goods of Heaven are received. Treasures that will pass away are surrendered in exchange for treasures that last forever. Articles of no value are swapped for articles of priceless value. – St. Basil

Women Religious Life: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEIQ0beeJQ0

Sister Mary of the Christ Crucified Testimony: [Need written or video testimony] The Beauty of being a young nun: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyltd1iWnaw  The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFFiNRvXBQw

Communities of Religious Women within Archdiocese of Baltimore: http://www.archbalt.org/vocations/clergy-religious/religious-women.cfm

For more information, contact: Sister Maria Luz, Archdiocese of Baltimore, 410-547-5584, marialuz.ortiz@archbalt.org

Men A Millennial Enters the Monastery: www.trappists.org/becoming-trappist/vocation-stories/now-i-am-ready-millennial-enters-monastery  Communities of Religious Men within Archdiocese of Baltimore: www.archbalt.org/vocations/clergy-