What are vocations

What are Vocations and Why are They Important?

A vocation within the Catholic faith is more than a career or occupation. It is the experience of God encountering an individual and revealing to that person how they were created to be loved by Him, serve the kingdom of God and become saints. That experience of being called occurs in liturgy, personal prayer and/or through their community.

Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we all have one calling in our lives: holiness. This means following Jesus to the best of our abilities. However, holiness will look different depending on one’s specific vocation. To discover the vocation of their life means being attentive and discerning of God’s movements. There are four distinct types of vocations in the Church.

The Diocesan Office of Vocations has been entrusted with the promotion of priestly and religious vocations. Marriage and the diaconate are both noble vocations and merit promotion and support. Thankfully the Diocese of St. Petersburg has offices which are entrusted with fostering those specific vocations.


The Main Vocations

Religious Life

Commitment to live as Christ lived through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Married Life

Faithful commitment to each other consecrated by the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, they strive to please God through their devotion to each other and building a faith driven family.


Conformed to Jesus Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, priests are called to be chosen instruments in the world.

Consecrated Virginity

Commitment to live in service for others through work and prayer.

What is the difference between diocesan and religious priests?

Both are ordained, but are distinguished by the vows they take and the community where they serve.

Diocesan Priest
A diocesan priest serves parishioners within a diocese and reports to the Bishop. He most likely will be assigned to a parish and live in that community. His main focus is serving the parish by preaching the Gospel, administering the Sacraments, and shepherding the flock entrusted to him by Jesus.

Religious Priest
A religious priest is a specialist in serving the needs of a larger community that is not necessary based in a parish. His roles may change if he is doing missionary work, teaching or evangelizing in a community.

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What Are Vocations