“Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not.
It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be,
to fulfil the original selfhood given me at birth by God.”
– Fr. Thomas Merton OCSO
The Church has begun to understand vocation from a new perspective as in the Church now recognises that vocations cannot be 'produced'; they must come from God. We cannot recruit men and women for religious life, priesthood or permanent diaconate, because vocations are not like professions that can be simply promoted by publicity and strategy. The calling that comes from the heart of God must find its way into the heart of man. Therefore, we at the Vocations Office simply help people to recognise that each of us has a vocation from God. We encourage everyone to discern whether God is calling them to marriage and family life, religious life, apostolic celibacy, priesthood or diaconate. Furthermore, the whole Church has a responsibility to promote vocation, individually and as a community.
Some things we do to promote vocation:
Run vocation events,
Offer support on Days of Adoration and Prayer for Vocations,
Provide a point of contact for finding speakers: clergy, seminarians, religious, laity,
Produce and distribute prayer cards, posters and information leaflets,
Maintain an online presence for vocation in the Archdiocese.
Our Vocation Promoters visit:
Primary and secondary schools,
Deanery Vocations Promotions Groups,
Parishes, to foster a culture of vocation.
Get in touch!
For those in the eastern deaneries of the Archdiocese (Lichfield, Birmingham North, Birmingham East, Rugby, Coventry, Warwick, Banbury, Oxford North and Oxford South) please contact Deacon Owen.
For those in the western deaneries of the Archdiocese (North Staffordshire, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham South, Dudley, Kidderminster and Worcester) please contact Tharushi.