The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare: to call. Everyone has a vocation, a calling from God to a certain state in life. There are three possible vocations: single, married or consecrated. God has in mind our particular vocation from even before our creation. As we grow up and mature, we should discern, which means prayerfully discover, God’s Will for our lives. We can discover our vocation through our desires, others’ feedback to us and observing people who are living out one of these vocations, noticing what seems to fit who we are.

A vocation to the consecrated life is a special gift to that person and to the Church. This vocation can be lived out through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, becoming clergy (a deacon, a priest or a bishop). Some clergy (like the Jesuit Pope Francis) are also religious, meaning that the person belongs to a religious community, making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Religious, whether clergy, brothers or sisters, belong to different congregations or orders that live out the spirit, or charism, of the founder of that community.

Our Lady of the Assumption is served by diocesan priests and deacons, who belong to the Los Angeles archdiocese and are obedient to our Archbishop. Our deacons are married and our priests are consecrated to a radical availability to the people of the parish, in imitation of Jesus the bridegroom of each soul.

If you are interested in becoming a priest for the Los Angeles archdiocese, go to www.lavocations.org or call (213) 637-7248.

If you desire to be a deacon, go to www.la-archdiocese.org/org/odf or call (213) 637-7282.

If you are thinking about being a sister, go to www.la-archdiocese.org/org/sisters or call (213) 637-7592.

May Jesus, the Light of the World, enlighten you as you discern your vocation!