Vocations

THE VOCATION BASICS

“Vocation” means “call.” As Catholics, we believe God calls individuals to fulfill certain roles in the Church, both for their own holiness, and the good of the entire Body of Christ.

Holiness is Our Common Goal

Holiness is everyone’s primary vocation. Holiness means trying to be like Jesus. It means being a “whole” person: striving for virtue, avoiding sin, and living a life of love.

After the decision to follow Christ and seriously pursue holiness, your vocation is the most important decision in life.

Holy Marriage

Most people are called to marriage—to wholeheartedly love their spouses and to joyfully welcome children. The purpose of marriage is for a man and woman to help each other get to heaven, and to teach their children to do the same. Like any vocation, marriage must be discerned, not assumed.

Dedicated Single Life

Some people serve God as single people, without marrying or making special vows. While not a “vocation” in a strict theological sense, single people “contribute greatly to the good of the human family” (CCC 2231). “Some live their situation in the spirit of the Beatitudes, serving God and neighbor in exemplary fashion” (CCC 1658). There are many single people who serve the Church with incredible generosity.

Consecrated Life

Both men and women can join religious orders such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, Benedictines, etc. The life and work of religious orders varies greatly—some are primarily devoted to prayer; others work actively in schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Common to all religious orders are the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Priesthood

Priests bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus through preaching and the sacraments. Priests are very active as they counsel people, teach classes, prepare homilies, administer parishes, and much more. Many surveys show that priests are among the happiest people in the world! Deacons, too, share in the sacrament of Holy Orders.

Office of Vocations Archdiocese of Boston

Upcoming Activities

2021-2022 Activities

  • Rosary for Vocations prayed before each Thursday’s 9:00 a.m. Mass in Hull.
  • National Vocations Awareness Week: November 7-13, 2021
  • World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life: February 2, celebrated February 6-7, 2022
  • National Marriage Week: February 6-13, 2022 leading to World Day of Prayer for Marriage: February 13, 2022
  • Saint Andrew Dinner at Saint John Seminary: March 15, 2022
  • World Day of Prayer for Vocations: May 8, 2022