What is a vocation?
Many people use the word vocation (from the Latin vocare, meaning "to call") in reference to the call to be a priest, sister, or brother. However, the Catholic understanding of vocation is much broader: every baptized person has a vocation—a call—to love and serve God. How you choose to live out that vocation is what each person must discern. Some feel called to live as single or married laypeople; others choose consecrated life and join a secular institute or religious community (as sisters, priests, or brothers); still others choose ordination as deacons or diocesan priests.
Are you thinking about a religious vocation?
St. Austin Catholic Parish is staffed by the Paulist Fathers. If you would like information about the Paulist Fathers or another religious community, or if you would like information about Religious life in general and the various types of religious communities including diocesan priesthood, you are welcome to make an appointment with one of the following:
|Rev. René Constanza, CSP
Associate Pastor and Paulist Priest
Click here to meet Fr. René!
|Rev. Fr. Ed Nowak, CSP
Director, University Catholic Center and Paulist Priest
Listen to a podcast about vocation discernment with Fr. Ed on Busted Halo!
|Rev. Mr. Billy Atkins
Click here to meet Deacon Billy!
Hear Deacon Billy's vocation story!