Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the vocations that I might be called to follow?
Many people are called to the vocation of marriage, while others may be called to the vocation of priesthood, to consecrated life as a Sister or Brother, or to the Diaconate. Equally, Christ calls some to the commitment of single life. Remember: It is normal to desire marriage and family. Just because you have this desire does not exclude the possibility that you have a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life.
How do I know what God is calling me to do?
You must pray every single day, asking God to reveal his plan for you. Do not ask yourself, “What do I want to do with my life?” This is the wrong question! Rather, you should be thinking and asking: “Jesus, what do You want me to do?” And listen for the answer! Listen with your heart, not just your head! The discernment process in the priesthood must also include the Church. Your bishop is the one who will ultimately decide who is and who is not called to be a diocesan priest. He is assisted in this by the vocation office and the seminary. The process for consecrated life will include the Religious Order or organization or even bishop.
Can I be happy in my life if I don’t follow God’s plan for me?
If you do not follow the vocation for which God made you, you can attain a certain degree of happiness in this world and still attain salvation (go to heaven). However, you can never be as happy as you might have been, had you followed your proper vocation. This is why it is so important that you discern correctly. The discernment of your vocation is the most important decision you will make in your entire life! Of course, there are trials and tribulations in every vocation.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Office of Vocations
2260 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105