Explore becoming a Religious Brother
A vocation is a response to a call from the Lord in which a person discovers how the Lord wishes him best to respond to the baptismal call to holiness. It varies for each individual, but through prayer and discernment, God revel will gradually your particular vocation and mission in life.
One’s vocation cannot be understood from a distance. Most people think they aren’t called to be a priest, brother or sister, and yet they have never visited a convent or monastery or seminary.
When Jesus called the Apostles He said, “Come after Me,” and “Follow Me.” That means each of us must search out our vocation and mission in life and respond to Christ’s invitation.
Ten Steps for Vocational Discernment
Take time to pray and meditate in silence about your vocation, especially in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Allow Christ to speak to your heart and to reveal His will for you.
Find a spiritual director—somebody with whom you can be open and honest—who can help you to develop
and deepen your relationship with God and to know yourself better.
Ask a priest, brother or sister in your local area to put you in touch with a vocation director.
Read up on consecrated religious life. Look at good literature on vocations and surf the Internet for more
information. Make sure you visit the links page on this website or use the VocationSearch feature
on religiouslife.com or https://irl.solutiosoftware.com/resources/vocation-search.
Contact religious communities that interest you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to request additional
information on their history, apostolate or charism. and deepen your relationship with God and to
know yourself better.
Visit those communities you may feel called to. Many have regularly scheduled “Come and See” weekend
visits or periodic vocation retreats that you can attend.
Build a relationship with the one where you have a sense of “coming home.” Get involved in its discernment
programs or apostolic activities. Pray with them and ask the Lord if this is for you.
Discuss your thoughts and feelings with your family and friends. God often uses other people to affirm a
vocation or to help you see things from a different perspective.
Wait for the Lord. Discerning your vocation is a gradual process. Develop the virtues of patience and
Respond to God’s grace. Don’t be afraid to make a decision. Remember, religious formation takes years
to complete and each step will help you grow and better understand and embrace your calling.