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Office for Vocations

Welcome to the Office for Vocations


Priests aren’t born they’re built

The common expression about superheroes is that “they are not born but rather they are made”. Films or comic books that portray the origin story of a particular superhero usually contains this trope in one way or another by revealing to us the process by which the character truly becomes a hero.

Alford BrianMy Dear Friends,

It is not a coincidence that our Lord has chosen to make us in His own image and likeness. Each and every one of us has a part to play in the life of the world and in the life of the Church. Our Lord has called each of us to holiness; this call is our universal vocation. With that universal call, each of us is also invited to once again play a specific part in creation. What might your part be?

How is God calling you to live out your life in service to Him and His people? Some people live the single life as a witness to the holiness of God in the world. For many, God call to them is to the sacred bond of marriage. For others though, there is a “different” call. God is still calling holy men and women to serve Him and the Church through sacred orders (bishops, priests and deacons) and the religious life. Could God possibly be calling you to something “different”? Consider the priesthood or religious life as the way that God might be calling you to follow Him!

The Church needs good and holy men and women in all aspects of its life. As you are discerning God’s call in your life, know that you are not alone. The Office for Vocations desires to help you in any way possible. Please contact us at anytime if we can be of assistance to you in your journey.

Each and every one of us is being called by our loving God. Each and every one of us has a vocation. Take time to let the Lord speak to you. Let Him unfold His own desire for you in your life.

In Christ’s Peace,

Rev. Brian C. Alford
Director, Office for Vocations

Investing in the Priests of Tomorrow

Priesthood Discernment Retreat

December 28-30, 2019 | Villa Maria Catholic Life Center

Are you a young man between your junior year in high school and 30 contemplating the priesthood? If so, join us at the Villa Maria Catholic Life Center in Springfield for a free priesthood discernment retreat. The retreat will start at 10 am Saturday, December 28 and conclude on Monday, December 30 at 7:30 pm. 

Register Today!