Single Life: Single Catholics serve the church in many lay positions. They are expected to create stable lives dedicated to service and the teaching of the Church while remaining celibate.
Married Life: Catholics called to marriage take vows of fidelity and commit to supporting each other in their spiritual growth. This sacrament cannot be broken and spouses agree to procreate and raise their children in the Catholic teachings.
Religious Life: Religious Catholics take vows of obedience, chastity and poverty. They primarily live a life of service and often work in education, health care or social services. They may serve as missionaries and often work with the poor.
Priesthood: Men in the Catholic Church may be called to the priesthood. These men go through training in the seminary and receive the canonical call of a bishop at ordination. Priests embrace celibacy and take vows of poverty and obedience to the Church. They teach doctrines, hold Mass, celebrate sacraments, and build a community of followers.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
O God, Father of all Mercies, Provider of a bountiful harvest, send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor; preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you. Open the hearts of Your children that they may discern Your Holy Will; inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ. Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life guided by Your Divine Word and Truth. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.” Pope Francis Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013