'The Lord has a plan for each of us; he calls each one of us by name. Our task is to learn how to listen, to perceive his call, to be courageous and faithful in following him and, when all is said and done, to be found trustworthy servants who have used well the gifts given us.'Pope Benedict XVI
Through baptism God calls us all to follow Christ. Calls us to live according to the Gospel. Calls us to be holy. People respond to this call in many different ways. Some people follow this calling through priesthood.
Such a call may come as a sense of longing for something more; a desire to commit one's life completely to Christ; wanting to be of service to others in and through the Church; a suggestion or invitation from another. God's call to each of us is as personal and individual as we are, but it is always a call to love, to freedom, to fullness of life.
I think I may have a vocation to diocesan priesthood but I don't know what to do?"
We suggest the following:
Pray to God for guidance.
Reflect on your own gifts and abilities and how they might be of service to God and his Church.
Talk to someone, a friend who knows you well; a priest or take time to get guidance from a spiritual director.
Remember discerment can take some time, so there is no need to be anxious, you are simply trying to find out where God might be calling you.
Contact the Vocation Director of the diocese, Fr Paul Farren. Tel: 028 7126 4087 Email:
"I have loved you with an everlasting love therefore I have called you."Jeremiah 31