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?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
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- What if I change my mind about being a priest during training or things just don’t work out? How do I pick my life back up again?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?
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- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
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- Can I leave the priesthood if I want, and is there any support if I do?