‘God calls you to make definitive choices, and he has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment…Have the courage to swim against the tide! And also have the courage to be happy.’
Pope Francis address to the World Youth Day Volunteers
Have you considered responding to this call to consecrated life, as a monk or brother? If so, for more information visit this link.
In the light of Gospel values as lived by the early Christian community, the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Down and Connor exists to continue the effective ministry of the servant-Christ responding to human needs. In the sacrament of Holy Orders, deacons are ordained for service, to fulfil a special role in the up-building and activity of the local church. As with all vocations, a man considering the permanent diaconate must discern God’s will for his life and whether he is being called to be a deacon. For more information, contact the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Director.
The call to holiness very often is fulfilled in the vocation of husband or wife. The sacrament of Marriage is the exchange of consent between spouses who mutually give and receive one another through the sacrament in service to God, each other, and their children.
Every couple must strive to recognise this holy bond in which they are called to live a sacred and saintly life.
Engaged couples are encouraged to ask themselves whether God is calling them to marriage — to a faithful, permanent and life-giving relationship that is, in essence, the foundation of the Christian family, or domestic church. A premarital assessment and formal marriage preparation assist couples on their journey to answer the call to the vocation of marriage.
All are called to live their life joined to Christ in Baptism. For many, single life becomes the best way to fulfil their vocation whether being ‘single’ is a choice or a circumstance.
Accepting the vocation of the single life means choosing to serve God as a member of the laity. Single persons serve the Christian family through acts of love and service, in a variety of lay ministries. Living a single life invites individuals to make a difference in their community and world as Jesus did.