Religious Vocations

Religious Vocations

"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.

Prayer 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.

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.   

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.
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