Vocations

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“The idea of service, dear brothers and sisters, is essential to the lay apostolate and to all ministry. Service is at the very core of every vocation in the Church: the service of God and our neighbor which is at once zealous and humble, always motivated by a desire to fulfill God’s will as it is manifested through the guiding action of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church.” 

-Pope John Paul II, Halifax, 1984

Vocation is listening to God and performing His will in our life. We are all called. Some of us are called to be married and some of us are called to remain single. Some are called to serve God through the ordained or consecrated life. Besides family and friends, a spiritual director can help you discern God’s plan for your life.

If you have ever been told by others or felt a tug in your heart to consider the ordained or consecrated life, listen to the message and contact Deacon Rich Badics at rbadics [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 734-821-2171 or the vocation staff at the Lansing Diocese

Lay Ministry
In its simplest definition, lay ministry is the work of those who are not professional clergy. Some see it as a responsibility to serve in the faith community; others see it as the intersection of faith and life; still others see it as the ministry of the people of God through the everyday lives they live.

All the baptized are part of the universal priesthood. Whenever they engage in their vocation to evangelize the world and to help those in need—they are lay ministers. In addition the Church calls people to the responsible stewardship of their gifts and works in support of the Church. This often takes the form of volunteering for a specific lay ministry: liturgical, catechetical, pastoral care, or social justice.

Resources
Vocation and the Mission of the Lay

Diocese of Lansing Lay Ecclesial Ministry

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Laity

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

Contact Fr John Linden jlinden [at] dioceseoflansing [dot] org

Links
Diocese of Lansing on Vocations

Men's Orders

Women's Orders

Do you want to be a Priest