I see on vocations websites that I should contact their vocations director. What is a vocations director?
The vocations director is the person who represents the diocese or religious congregation, when welcoming people who think they might have a vocation.
They accompany that person (or arrange that they be accompanied) in a process of discernment and decision-making.
You might say that the vocations director is the person designated to accompany the person at the ‘questioning’ or ‘wondering’ stage, of their possible vocation They remain with them up to the point where they will decide about their perceived call to priesthood or religious life.
After that, the Bishop or Major Superior will make the decision to accept the person (or not). If accepted, they will then be accompanied by people known as ‘formators’(those who look after the development of the person and their vocation).
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?