The word “vocation” stems from vocare (Latin), which means “to call.” In Christianity, therefore, vocation refers to God’s particular call to each of us as to how we live our Christian lives in relation to others: consecrated (religious life), married, ordained, or single. It takes discernment (from the Latin word discernere, meaning “to distinguish”) — a process of evaluating options and making a decision — to hear God’s call and respond to it.
Campus ministers and others at the University of Saint Francis are here to help you discern your vocation from God. Besides potentially helpful conversation and prayer, we offer many resources.
- Consecrated Life: Vision Vocation Network
- Ordained Life: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Vocations (diaconate and priesthood)
- Single Life: “Flying Solo: Life as a Single Catholic,” from U.S. Catholic
Listening to the Call
by USF student Katie Bell, (c) 2015
Institutes of Consecrated Life
WOMEN (the congregation of apostolic sisters and the monastery of nuns closest in proximity to the University of Saint Francis)
- Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration (Third Order-Female)–Immaculate Heart of Mary Province, Mishawaka, IN: founders and sponsors the University of Saint Francis