VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

March 2010

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Encourage vocations by being at peace

rellifetimeline.jpgEACH OF US plays an important role in vocation promotion. Whether we are lay Catholics or members of consecrated life, as Christian disciples we are all called to invite others into the life of Christ and to encourage faith-filled people to consider a church vocation.

But invitation is not enough, says Catholic sociologist Bryan Froehle in his Pastoral Trends column for "Vocations depend on inspiring example and personal witness. . . . Young people are looking for qualities of dedication and approachability, a sense of peace and contentment. . . .This may suggest that the most we can do to lift up vocations in the next generation, whether vocations to religious life and church sevice or simply as faithtul followers of Christ, will be how effectively we witness to who we are rather than what we do."


By way of inviting, please link to VISION

A SIMPLE WAY to invite others to consider a church vocation is to include a link to VISION Vocation Guide ( on your ministry, parish, or community websites and on your blogs and social networking pages. The VISION Vocation Network is dedicated to providing seekers with information and tools they can use to determine where God is calling them. 


Religious Life Timeline available online

religiouslifetimeline1.jpgVISION's popular Religious Life Timeline is available in a downloadable pdf format on online at the VISION website. Please feel free to copy and distribute in any way you see fit. 

Vocation Directors, it's not too late
to reserve space in VISION 2011 

PLEASE DON"T DELAY. Call us at 1-800-942-2811 or email your reservation to For more information and to download the current rate card, click here.

Got a question? VISION has answers

Sister Julie answers your vocation questions
How do religiious communities start?  More online . . .

Ask Alice about Catholicism
What's the difference between chapels, churches, cathedrals, and basilicas? More online . . .

From our SpiritCitings blog

SpiritCitings: Seeing the Spirit at work in the world

More online . . .


Get in STEP

YOUR CONNECTION WITH VISION as a discerner, Vocation Director, religious educator, member of a religious institute allows you to receive discounted rates on online theology courses offered through the University of Notre Dame's STEP program. For more information go to the STEP homepage.



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