Everyone has a vocation in life. A vocation is a call to be holy. God has given us the free will to choose our vocations. However, God has a vocation in mind for all of us and hopes that we choose it. One must engage in a process of discernment in order to learn of what one’s vocation in life truly is. This process of discernment requires prayer, simple communication with God. Time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is very helpful for this discerning and figuring out what God is calling us to in life. Lord, do you want me to marry? If so, then who? Send me my spouse. Lord do you want to become a nun, if so, then reveal to me what Order? Lord do you want me to become a priest or join an ecclesial community? If we want to as fulfilled as possible in this life, then we want to live the vocation that God is asking us to live. A commitment to choose God’s will over our own can be the beginning of realizing our vocations in life.
The vocation that God has chosen for us is the way in which we will find our holiness. For many people, marriage is the way in which people will find their holiness. For others it is priesthood or consecrated life or religious life.
No matter what the vocation, they all require sacrifice and gift of self, which is love. All vocations make us holy, all vocations are a form of loving our neighbor. All people everywhere are called to be holy, to live their vocations in life.
Discernment Weekends for men discerning the priesthood are offered at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. For more information contact Fr. Tim Birney at the Archdiocesan Vocations Office, 313 237 5875 or
Reverend James Grau, a former graduate of St. Michael School, was ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, Michigan. We congratulate Fr. Grau and wish him many blessings of peace, happiness, and joy as he begins his new life as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Discernment Weekends for women discerning consecrated life are offered through various religious orders throughout the diocese. LEARN MORE
In Christian marriage the bond between man and woman is to reflect Christ’s love for the Church. This is the vocation of marriage, to serve one another selflessly. LEARN MORE