Exploring Church Vocations
There are a number of fulfilling and exciting ways to spend one’s life in the service of the church. Among them are the ordained ministries of priesthood and the diaconate, consecrated religious life, and lay ecclesial ministry. Any of these roles can lead to many different kinds of work – in parishes, in education, in health care, in campus ministry – just to name a few.
The members of the staff would be delighted to sit down with you and help you discern whether you are being called to formal service in the church.
Fr. Michael O’Connell
Church Vocations in General
Vocations of all kinds are needed: clergy, consecrated religious and in lay ecclesial ministry.
Catholics on Call – Resources and programs for young adults considering service in the church.
VISION Vocation Network
For Your Vocation
Exploring the Priesthood
Becoming a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago
Exploring the Diaconate
Men, married or single, who are at least 30 years of age are invited to consider the diaconate. Since deacons work so closely with the priests and the parish staff, if you are interested, the best person to speak to would be the pastor.
Office of the Diaconate
Exploring Religious Life
An index of religious orders of women serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago
An index of the religious orders of men serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago
A Nun’s Life is a web site and blog for women discerning a religious vocation.
Exploring Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Lay Ecclesial Ministry is a relatively new way to serve the church. Lay Ecclesial Ministers are professionally trained and certified to serve the church in a variety of roles. They may work as pastoral associates in parishes, as Directors of Religious Education, as youth ministers, as chaplains in health care, campus ministry, or in diocesan administration.
You can find more information on the role and standards for certification from the United States bishops here.
There is a formation and certification process in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park is one of the largest seminaries in the United States. It also is an excellent school for those pursuing Lay Ecclesial Ministry.
The University of Notre Dame has several programs to help prepare Lay Ecclesial Ministers.
Prayers for those now on the path
Please keep in your prayers those who are now serving the church, or who are in preparation, who came from our parish. Our parish is very fortunate that many people in the last years have answered the call to various forms of church ministry and are now serving as priests, religious and lay ecclesial ministers.