All of the baptised have a vocation – priests, deacons, in a religious order, married or single - we all have a part to play.
Many people can feel unsure how to process or respond to being called and it can be difficult to know who to talk to about it. You are not alone, our Vocations Director is here to support you on your journey.
Our Diocesan Vocations Director, Father Ron Johnson is available to help you to discern what the Lord is calling you to. He is available to meet with you and to assist you in this discernment.
If you are interested in the priesthood, our Vocations Director can support youthrough this process.
Usually, this period of discernment is an opportunity to deepen your prayer and sacramental life, take up practical experiences of helping others and get to know like-minded men exploring the possibility of priesthood.
This period is a time when, with the help of others, in prayer and through different experiences, you can begin to understand what a call to the priesthood entails and whether it is what you feel called to.
- 121 support through the vocations director and spiritual direction, accompaniment as people are discerning
- Practical support such as help throughout the application process. The process includes: writing an essay, an interview panel, psychological assessment, interviews, academic references, character references, parish priest reference and an interview with the archbishop.
- Ongoing support when in seminary.
- Arranging pastoral placements.
- Human, pastoral, spiritual and intellectual development when in seminary.
From the earliest days of the Church some men and women have dedicated themselves to follow Jesus through making a special commitment to live according to vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
In the Archdiocese of Liverpool we are blessed to have many religious orders and communities, including enclosed monastic communities and those Religious whose external works are grounded in a community life of prayer.
We all have a part to play.
What deacons do and how to become a deacon.