Welcome to the Diocese of Orlando Office of Vocations website. This site offers a number of resources - including prayers, videos, frequently asked questions, and testimonials - for those discerning a vocation to religious life and those interested in learning more about religious vocations. As you pray for God’s guidance and direction for your life and the lives of those around you, we are here for support with our prayers, resources, and personal presence.
The Office of Vocations website offers resources for:
- Men and women, who are discerning a vocation to religious life or want to learn more about God's call for their lives;
- Parish staff members, who are key to planting seeds for religious vocations;
- Parents, who may have questions about vocations or want information if their son or daughter is discerning a call to religious life.
The site also offers news and upcoming events for the Office of Vocations, as well as information on current seminarians and the seminaries which they attend.
May God’s special grace be your source of strength and may Mary, Our Mother, guide your every step. May you be Jesus’ hands and feet in our world. Amen.
Pope Francis Reflects on Vocations
Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, Bishop of San Bernardo in Chile asks the Pope for guidance about your vocation! Listen to the pope and allow Jesus to look at you! We are grateful to Fr. Eric Gonzalez of the Diocese of San Bernardo for translating and sharing it.
Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez: Holy Father, in or countries, we very often experience the lack of vocations. You know that very well… What would you say to a young boy who is experiencing a call to a priestly or to a religious life in this moment of his life?
Pope Francis: He must let Jesus look at him because who is calling him is not a priest, nor the Bishop, nor the Pope. It is Jesus looking at him with love, showing him the people, showing him the need of the people of God, and says to him: “If you wish, help me; so let him allow Jesus to look at him; that’s what I think. And every day he should allow himself to receive the gaze of Jesus. It is very important.
Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez: And what would you suggest to a young boy or girl, who in spite of experiencing the vocation, don’t dare to go ahead to take the step. They are afraid and they feel the difficulty?
Pope Francis: Jesus lived the same experience, when that rich young man, having different virtues of a good man, but did not dare. Jesus looked at him with sadness. I would say to him: If you do not follow him, you are free; But the sadness you are causing to the Heart of the Lord and the sadness caused in so many hearts, who will not be able to solve their problems because the need a priest.
Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez: Excellent His Holiness!
Pope Francis: Take courage; Do not be silly.
Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez: Thank you Holy Father Francis.
Pope Francis: When the Lord takes someone by the hand, he will never be alone again.
Bishop Juan Ignacio: Thank you very much Holy Father.
God calls each person to a life of holiness and service, whether single, married, ordained or consecrated. The Office of Vocations provides discernment opportunities, encouragement, support, education and resources for those responding to God's call through the ministerial priesthood and religious life. We are committed to fostering an environment where vocations to the priesthood and religious life are valued and nurtured within the domestic church of the family and the local parish community.
Fr. Jorge Torres also serves as Adjunct Staff for the Institute for Priestly Formation serving in the Seminarians Summer Program and the Spiritual Direction Training Program for Diocesan Priests at http://priestlyformation.org.
(Sister Kathleen is in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.