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A Call to be Holy

God calls each of us to a vocation, the vocation to holiness. This vocation may look different for each person, but discovering it and living it out leads to our happiness and fulfillment.

Sometimes this concept is referred to as “the universal call to holiness,” meaning that all people, everywhere, regardless of the vocation to which God calls them, are all called to be holy. It is in answering this call that we find joy.

What is a vocation?

A vocation is a call from God to share in His mission in the world. Everyone has a vocation.

When considering their vocation, most people immediately think the word only refers to a call to the priesthood or the religious life, despite the fact that Holy Matrimony and the dedicated single life are also vocations.

Here is a list of some of the possible vocations that God might be asking you to consider:

  • Holy Matrimony
  • Diocesan Priesthood
  • Permanent Diaconate
  • Religious Life for men or for women
  • Single men and women who have dedicated themselves to Christ in the service of the Church

This section of the website is concerned specifically with the vocations of the priesthood and religious life, though many of the same tools of discernment will also apply to the discernment of other vocations including Holy Matrimony. It is important that all of us learn to listen to the voice of God and seek to follow his will.

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Priesthood and Religious Life

The priesthood and religious life are distinct calls from God to share in his mission in the world.

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Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony is a sacrament uniting one man and one woman to each other and to God for the sake of the salvation of their own souls and to help share in Christ’s mission in the world.

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The Permanent Diaconate

All Christians are called to charity but the deacon is one who, responding to the call of the Holy Spirit, is sent by the Church to bring Christ and His Good News to those in need.

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Dedicated Single Life

Is God calling you to make a gift of your person to Him and to His Church while remaining a lay person, dedicating your life to service of others and to making the church and the world a better place?

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For Men

Have you ever felt God calling you to be a priest or brother? Begin exploring your vocation here.

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For Women

Have you felt God could be calling you to be a religious sister? Get started exploring your vocation here.

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Meet our Seminarians, Priests and Religious

Take some time to read a little of their stories: the sports fanatic, engineer, writer, soldier, and more.

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Promote

Vocations are everybody’s business! Get the tools you need to build a culture of vocations.

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Support

The Diocese of Arlington invests a great deal in its seminarians to ensure they become well-formed priests. This preparation requires a great deal of time, effort and money.

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Pray

Jesus Himself commands us, “Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). Find a variety of ways to pray for vocations.

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Connect

Talk with others about your vocation: Jesus, priests and religious, your family and friends as well as those of us in the Office of Vocations all have something to offer as you explore your vocation.

St. John Paul II

The call to holiness is a universal call, valid for all human beings without distinction of age, profession, race or language. Just as all are redeemed, so all are called. The vocation to holiness means putting into practice, in one’s own daily life, the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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Growing in holiness and discovering your vocation

The general call to holiness is concretized through one’s particular vocation. The following areas are offered as an aid to become more open to that vocation and to thus, follow Christ more closely.

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