Let’s start with the basic question: What is a vocation?
A vocation is, essentially, an occupation. In a religious context, a vocation implies someone has had a divine call to live a religious life.
Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we all have one calling in our lives: holiness. This means following Jesus to the best of our abilities. However, holiness will look different depending on one’s specific vocation. It’s important to listen and recognize the signs that determine how one answers and finds a place in life. There are four distinct types of vocations in the Church.
- Religious Life — Commitment in life to live as Christ lived through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
- Priesthood — Conformed to Jesus Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, priests are called to be chosen instruments in the world.
- Married Life — Faithful commitment to each other consecrated by the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, they strive to please God through their devotion to each other and building a faith driven family.
- Single Life — Commit their lives to serve others in their work and prayer.