Everyone has a calling, or vocation, in this life. How we respond to that call is unique to every individual – some of us are called to holiness through marriage, others through single life, as a priest, deacon or member of a religious community. If you are curious about vocations within the Church and would like to find out more, please visit the Archdiocese of Newark Office of Vocations.
If you feel a calling to the Religious Life, please consider joining one of the following Vocation Discernment Evenings sponsored by The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Newark. All dates are Wednesday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ 07032. Reflection and Questions are held in the Sacred Heart Room from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction in the Chapel from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. All are welcome!
February 20, 2013 - ”The Call to Consecrated Life: Leaving All Things Behind”
“By faith, men and women have consecrated their lives to Christ, leaving all things behind so as to live obedience, poverty, and chastity with Gospel simplicity, concrete signs of waiting for the Lord who comes without delay.”
Presenter: Sr. Mariette Bernier, Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth
March 20, 2013 - ”Silence as the Fertile Ground of Discernment”
“How many of the saints have lived in solitude? How many believers, even in our own day, are tested by God’s silence when they would rather hear His consoling voice.”
Presenter: Most Rev. Dominic A. Marconi, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Newark
April 17, 2013 - ”The Holy Spirit and Vocation Discernment”
“It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness making it frank and courageous.”
Presenter: Rev. Bill Halbing, Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scotch Plains, NJ
May 15, 2013 - Signs of a Priestly Vocation: The Imperative of Service
“It is faith that enables us to recognize Christ and it is His love that impels us to assist Him whenever He becomes our neighbor along the journey of life.
Presenter: Rev. Charles Kelly, Assistant to the Archbishop
June 19, 2013 - Self-Abandonment Into the Hands of Love
“Only through believing does faith grow; there is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonment, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God.”
Presenter: Rev. Andrew Apostoli, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
***all italicized quotes are taken from Pope Benedict XVI Apostolic Letter ‘Porta Fidei’ announcing the Year of Faith
Mark your calendar for Emmaus Days: June 22 – 28, 2013!
Vocation Camp for high school and college age men at the Youth Center, 499 Belgrove Drive, Kearny, NJ 07032. Some highlights include: prayer, sports, a tour of the Cathedral Basilica, service projects, vocation reflection, Eucharistic Adoration, interaction with Seminarians, and more! For more information, call (973) 497-4365.