National Vocations Awareness Week

2- 9 August is National Vocation Awareness Week 2020. This week the whole Church community is called to pray for an increase in vocations, and to support and encourage those discerning their vocation. We pray for young people in our community and our families that they may be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and that the Lord enlighten and give them the grace and courage to respond to His call. And responding does take great courage! Perhaps you know of someone? Have you ever asked them what they think God is calling them to?

Pope Francis recently encouraged all Catholics to contemplate their vocation, but in a particular way he called on young men to be courageous and generous in embarking, just as the first disciples did, on a vocation to the priesthood. The Pope acknowledged that answering the Lord's call demands the courage to take a risk. “I invite everyone,” he said, “to ask the Lord for the gift of good labourers for His Kingdom, with hearts and hands open to His love.”

If you are a young man or woman who feels God is calling you to religious life, come and have a chat, and we can help you discern and point you in the right direction. Let us journey with you, do not be afraid, to answer His call. “The Teacher is here… and He is asking for you.” (Jn 11:28)

The Vocations Team
Diocese of Broken Bay
Ph: 0418522449



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Catholic Vocations are many and varied. Priesthood, Permanent Diaconate, Religious Life, Ecclesial Women, Single life and Married life are all valid Catholic Vocations. Our paths may be different, but through our Baptism, we are all called by God to journey together. God calls everyone to follow Him - there is no question about that! The question is: how is God calling ME to follow Him? For more information on how to find your calling, visit


The Role of the Vocations Ministry is to:

  • Foster and nurture a “vocation culture” across the Diocese of Broken Bay
  • Foster an awareness and understanding of the specific vocation of Priesthood, Diaconate and Consecrated Life, and encourage men and women to consider these lifestyles as possible and life-giving options for the future
  • Accompany and guide those who are discerning their vocation
  • Support and assist men in exploring a vocation to the priesthood, and women and men exploring a vocation to consecrated life
  • Assist men and facilitate the process of entering the Good Shepherd Seminary
  • Organise events and provide one-on-one advice in discerning the priesthood, diaconate or consecrated life
  • Provide resources for vocations and discernment

For more information, take a look at our resources page.

For any enquiries, please contact our Vocations Office.