Religious Vocations

Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision. Rather, it is the response to a call and to a call of love. 

– Pope Francis

Diocesan Priesthood

“The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer the Sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you.”
—St. John Vianney

To learn more about discerning diocesan priesthood in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, talk to your pastor and explore resources in the button below.

Permanent Diaconate

Deacons are ordained members of the clergy who promise to obey their bishop. Besides human and spiritual qualifications, they must undergo a year of aspirancy, three years of rigorous study and pastoral ministry, and undergo scrutiny and discernment by the Church. Like priests, they can preach, teach, lead prayer, baptize and witness weddings, although they cannot celebrate Mass or forgive sins. They are often involved in counseling as well as visiting the sick. Unlike most priests, they may be married men. The minimum age for ordination to the diaconate is 35.

Women’s Religious Vocations

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “The state of consecrated life is thus one way of experiencing a “more intimate” consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated totally to God.  In the consecrated life, Christ’s faithful, moved by the Holy Spirit, propose to follow Christ more nearly, to give themselves to God who is loved above all and, pursuing the perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom, to signify and proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come.”

Women discerning religious vocations, including the vocation of a consecrated virgin, are encouraged to contact:

Jessica Hayes, OV
Advisor for Vocations to the Consecrated Life
[email protected]

What is a vocation?

Frequently asked questions about vocations and vocational discernment.

What is a vocation?

Do I have to do what God is calling me to do?

What about what I want to be or do with my life?