“While all members of the family are called to live out the foundational Christian virtues, fathers and mothers have a special responsibility for fostering these virtues within their children. They are the first to proclaim the faith to their children. They are responsible for nurturing the vocation of each child, showing by example how to live the married live, and taking special care if a child might be called to priesthood or consecrated life.”
– U.S. Bishops, pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
Vocations aren't discovered in a vacuum; it is within the context of a family that husbands and wives continue to discover their particular path to holiness, and where children first hear the call or feel the tug towards this or that vocation.
To learn more about priestly vocations in the Archdiocese of Portland, please click HERE.
To learn more about serving as a deacon HERE.
The USCCB has collected many beautiful Prayers for Vocations. Pray these together - as an individual, couple, or as a family. Click HERE to look through this treasury of prayer.
Contemplating the cosmos from the perspective of salvation history, we come to realize the unique and singular position occupied by Man in creation: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him: male and female He created them”. This enables us to acknowledge fully the precious gifts received from the Creator: the value of our body, the gift of reason, freedom, and conscience. - Verbum Domini