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May the Holy Spirit lead and guide you as you discern your vocation!
Are you called to be 'Fishers of Men?'
If you answered "yes" to three or more of the statements above, then you may have a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate or religious life! Consider visiting with your parish priest or diocesan vocation director, or go to: http://diocesanpriest.com/who-do-i-talk-to-splash/ to find a vocation director.
Men's & Women's Religious Orders of Priests, Brothers and Sisters
Contemplative Orders: "Contemplative orders" (such as Benedictines, Carmelites, Trappists, Carthusians, Cistercians, etc.) are those who primarily focus is inward conversion; to grow in union with Our Lord for the love of God and the salvation souls. Such communities typically have little interaction with the world, so that they may devote themselves to prayer and penance for the sanctification of the world. As the angel said at Fatima; "Penance, penance, penance! [...] Make everything you do a sacrifice, and offer it as an act of reparation for the sins by which God is offended, and as a petition for the conversion of sinners". Saint Faustina, who spent her life isolated from the world behind the walls of a convent, describes this life of toiling and battling for souls as a preeminent and necessary function.
Active Orders: "Active" orders (Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits, Missionaries of Charity, etc.) are those who tend to have more direct interaction with the world than contemplative orders. In addition to prayer, active orders may devote some of their "work" time to external apostolates (teaching, preaching, soup kitchens, missions, youth retreats, media apostolates, etc.) rather than to self-supportive ends (gardening, bee farming, candle making, etc.). In this sense, they tend to follow Scripture in a more literal way; to "feed the hungry", "give drink to the thirsty"; to be in the world, but not of the world. Active orders tend to be less bound by the walls of a monastery, and may reassign its members to different locations abroad. Some of the most active orders, such as the Jesuits, may not even be required to live in community, however, such members are called to obediently go where they are told.
Discerning a vocation:
In Catholicism, matrimony is a religious ceremony in which a baptized man and a baptized woman lawfully bind themselves for eternity in a holy union made in the presence of a parish priest, a bishop of the diocese or a priest chosen by either the bride or the groom. A married couple lives in the blessing of God, and through the Lord's grace, their
partnership is strengthened.
This matrimonial covenant, by
which a man and a woman
establish between themselves a
partnership for life, is by its
nature ordered toward the good
of the spouses and the procreation
and education of offspring. As
such, this covenant has been
raised by Christ the Lord
to the dignity of a sacrament.
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A Diocesan priest is ordained to be a minister in the Church. He is not a member of a religious order but is ordained to serve in a specific geographical area called a/n (arch)diocese. He takes a vow of celibacy (that is, he is not married) and a vow of obedience to his Bishop and the Bishop’s successor in the (arch)diocese. He will generally minister in a parish.
A diocesan priest gets a modest monthly salary from the parish. In addition, the parish or diocese normally provides room and board (meals and lodging) and health insurance, but only a few dioceses also provide car insurance. Diocesan priests have their own living quarters inside the rectory — the house where the parish priests live.
In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy.
For more information:
About the different religious orders
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About the role of diocesan priests,
go to: http://bit.ly/2djZW9I
About becoming a diocesan priest,
go to: http://diocesanpriest.com/
About joining a religious order
for women: http://cmswr.org/
About joing a religious order
for men: http://bit.ly/2cWY1Me
About discerning a vocation as
a deacon: http://bit.ly/2dALKLE