How to discover your vocation in our digital age
WHETHER YOU ARE 20 or 4 times 20 you can't help but be awed by the extraordinary pace of development in our digital age. Vocation Directors who recently gathered in Cleveland were inundated with facts about our new age of rapid communication and technological advances. If you haven't seen the video "Social Media Revolution 2," it's worth watching just to give you a sense of the wonder of it all.
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Advent is a good time to tune out distractions and tune in to your heart
FAST IS GOOD, but so is slow. Important decisions--like what you want to be when you grow up or who you want to be when you grow old--take time to weigh and measure.
Advent (which starts at the end of this month) is the perfect season for stepping back, winding down, and tuning in to the peace that is Christ's gift to us.
RECOMMENDED VISION ARTICLES FOR ADVENT
The secret to a balanced life
Let God's Word open the door to your heart
Full of grace: reclaiming the rosary
Follow the call: homilies and prayers on discernment
Be prepared for 2011 Vocation Awareness Week by ordering resources now
ORDER VISION 2011 vocation guides and multilingual bookmarks and posters while quantities last. Vocation Awareness Week is January 9-15, 2011. Order online at vocation-network.org/orders, email us, or call 800-942-2811. Next shipment date is Dec. 15, 2010.
VISION Vocation Trends survey results
surprise and reassure
THE TREND SURVEY completed last month and the daily updated VISION reader response statistics continue to surprise and reassure the VISION editors that Catholics of all ages and stripes are seriously considering religious life. Complete results and filtered responses of our 2010 VISION Vocation Match Trends survey are available on the VISION website.
- DISCERNERS love COME and SEEs and PERSONAL contact: A good majority of discerners responding to the survey ranked Come and Sees and Personal Contact as very important or essential in gathering vocation information. (NOTE WELL, Vocation Directors--post your events on VISION's event calendar!)
- DON'T BE AFRAID TO CALL: Old and young still prefer email or an old-fashioned telephone call (no, we don't mean texting, either) when it comes to vocation-related communicating.
- JUSTICE and PEACE issues of particular concern to younger set: Justice and peace issues ranked very important and essential to 65 percent of those under 40 as opposed to 48 percent of the over 40s.
Looking for some inspiration during the Advent and Christmas seasons?
Check out the Opportunity Calendar for upcoming vocation events, retreats, programs near you
To find upcoming opportunities in your area or among the communities to which you feel drawn, go to VISION's Opportunity Calendar, or go through VocationMatch.com to see which of your matching communities have posted opportunities on VISION (if a community has an upcoming event, you will see a little chainlink icon running along the top of the listing).
Important note to Vocation Directors: Please don't forget to post your upcoming discernment, service, and educational events on VISION's website. Click here to do so.
Wonder what priests, brothers, and
sisters do all day? Follow our blog:
SpiritCitings: Seeing the Spirit at work in the world
LINK TO VISION (http://www.vocation-network.org) on your ministry, parish, or community websites and on your blogs and social networking pages.
RELIGIOUS LIFE TIMELINE available in a downloadable pdf format on online at the VISION website. Please feel free to copy and distribute.
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VISION READERS, please let us know what more we can do to help you in your discernment or ministry. We welcome your feedback. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share your own stories on the positive influence priest, brothers, sisters had on you. Email your stories to: email@example.com.
KEEP IN MIND
Remember that we will include a short (under 2 minutes) video alongside your VISION online listing for free. We'll also post it on VISION's youtube channel. Please send videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to send us links to videos you found helpful in understanding your faith or call, or send us short videos with quesitons or comments about your vocaition search.
VOCATION MATCH USERS:
We encourage you to send your profile to the communities with whom you match. Vocation Directors are skilled at helping people discern their vocation and are happy to help even if you are newly discerning or unsure just where you are being called.
VISION HAS ANSWERS.
Sister Julie of anunslife.org answers your vocation questions:
Is a college degree
necessary for religious life?
Ask award-winning Catholic author and scholar Alice Camille about Catholicism:
Do Catholics believe in ghosts?
What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
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