"In the course of the centuries so many men and women, transformed by divine love, have consecrated their own existence to the cause of the Kingdom. Already on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, many let themselves be won by Jesus: they were in search of healing in body or spirit, and they were touched by the power of his grace. Others were chosen personally by him and became his apostles. We also find some, like Mary Magdalene and other women, who followed him on their own initiative, simply out of love. But like the disciple John, they too filled a special place in his heart. These men and women, who through Jesus knew the mystery of the Father’s love, represent the variety of vocations which have always been present in the Church"- Pope Benedict XVI
At St. Joseph Academy we foster vocations to the religious life by various means:
*The Mass. We include an increase in religious vocations in our school Mass intentions on a weekly basis. "Eucharist and Vocations" by Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
*Eucharistic Adoration- "Spiritual Motherhood for Priests"- Once a week, parents meet for a Holy Hour in the presence of our Lord praying for an increase in vocations, especially from our own children.
*"Prayers for Priests" Prayers for Priests are included in the weekly family newsletter.
*Annual visits to the students by the Diocesan Vocations Director and other Religious Orders such as nuns from the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, and priests from Miles Christi and The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
*Fishers of Men DVD shown yearly to Jr. High and High School students (see link below).
*Rosary for Priests prayed by SJA students
*Annual visit from the Serra Club to 8th graders and participation in Serra Club's 8th Grade Vocations Essay Contest.
*Celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life.
*Celebration of Vocations Awareness Week. (National Vocations Awareness Week). The USCCB has moved this week to the first full week in November beginning in 2014, which is November 3-7, 2014
*Celebration of World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Sr. Aurora Lopez-Ornelas,SJS and Fr. Pedro Rivera (San Diego Diocese Vocations Directors) speak to SJA students annually about Vocations.
Office for Priestly Vocations — Explorer Day
Have you ever wondered if God might be calling you to the priesthood?
Explorer Day is a six-hour discernment experience for men interested in
learning more about priestly ministry and how Jesus Christ calls one to this
life of service. It includes Mass & other common prayer, presentations from
priests, and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss topics.
Explorer Day is a Vocations discernment day through the San Diego Diocese.
Please contact your parish priest for more information and to register, or
contact Fr. Pedro Rvera at:
(619) 291-7446 or
*Message of the Holy Father for the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations (Press Here)
For more information regarding religious vocations Press Here.
Story of a famous actress joining the convent Press Here