Vocation is about discerning and responding to God’s particular calling for that person’s life. One may speak in terms of a profession and/or lifestyle choice; to address the reality of ‘vocation’ is to acknowledge the deeper meaning in what we do for a living or how we are in relationship with one another.
From Empowered by the Spirit, “the clear teaching of Scripture is that gifts and talents are not given simply for personal advantage; they are to be used generously for the benefit of others and for the good of society and the Church” (par 96)
Campus ministry has the privileged position of ministering to and with people who are in the process of making life decisions. We have the ability to offer our students and faculty/staff a faith perspective from which to consider or evaluate their career and lifestyle choices, in light of the gifts that God has put in their lives.
The following sites provide resources about vocations and issues related to particular topics within this wide category.
The website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a wealth of information accessible from its “Departments” page, especially the departments of:
• Family, Laity, Women and Youth: www.usccb.org/laity/
• Diaconate: www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/diaconate/
• Vocations and Priestly Formation: www.usccb.org/vocations/
The remainder of these links are divided by topic.
Vocation as Career Choice
"A resource to help you find your place in this life," part of the website for the Joliet Vocation Office, it has a major focus on religious and ordained vocations, and strong sections on talent and personality type identification, career inventory and planning. http://www.vocations.com/discern/
The official web site for Marsha Sinetar, the author of many books about finding meaning in one’s work. The section called “The Center” is interesting for its short essays and Q&A. www.marshasinetar.com
National Association of Lay Ministers
Vocation as Lifestyle
St Mary’s Press
St. Mary's Press, www.smp.org has a series of Vocations books, searchable by title (Married Life, Priests, Sisters, Brothers, Single Life.)
Vocation of Married Life
The National Marriage Project
The National Marriage Project was founded in 1997 by Rutgers University Sociology Professor David Popenoe. From 1997 to the summer of 2009, it was housed at Rutgers University and was directed by Drs. Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. In the summer of 2009, the National Marriage Project moved to the University of Virginia, where it is now directed by W. Bradford Wilcox, associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. www.nationalmarriageproject.org/
Coalition for Marriage, Families and Couples Education
Not affiliated with any religious group, this site offers many resources about communication and a variety of issues related to marriage (domestic violence, cohabitation before marriage, money). Workshops and books are also promoted. www.smartmarriages.com
Retrouville is a program for troubled marriages. Site includes many links to other marriage websites, and lists of books on the subject. www.retrouvaille.org
Vocation of Single Life
For those who find themselves single-again. www.divorcecare.com
Vocation of Consecrated or Ordained Life
The Crosier Fathers & Brothers website features a chat room for those considering the priesthood or religious life. www.crosier.org
Vision is published annually by the National Religious Vocation Conference through Claretian Publications and is the most comprehensive resource available for those seeking information on religious life. It contains discernment-type articles from the annually published “VISION” guide as well as links to many religious communities. www.vocationnetwork.org/
Run by a volunteer, this site matches interested people with willing monasteries and convents for visits, or connects them with local vocation directors. www.vocationsplacement.org
“A Resource to help you find your place in this life”, part of the website for the Joliet Vocation Office, it has a strong focus on religious and ordained vocations, and strong sections on talent and personality type identification, career inventory and planning. www.vocations.com/discern/
The Vocation Office of the Maryland and New York Provinces serves men of all ranges of interest in life of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, and provides resources for campus ministries, religious organizations or individuals interested in Ignatian spirituality. Campus ministers may order literature and media resources or arrange for a Jesuit to visit their campus. www.jesuitvocation.org
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“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” – Frederick Buechner