The Discernment Process

A Christian Vocation is a call from God to each baptized person to live life as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Discernment Process

Spend a few moments each day in thoughtful conversation with the Lord. Ask the Lord, "Lord, what do you want me to do with my life?"  Use the same prayer after Communion at Mass.

Talk to people whose opinion you respect. Read. Check out the web. If you are thinking of a religious vocation, talk to a Brother, Sister or Priest. Ask questions. Talk to a vocation director. 

A great way to understand how you would enjoy ministry is to get involved in ministry by volunteering. The Church needs the energy of dedicated young people. This is a "learn by doing" process.

Visit religious communities, your parish, or a seminary. See how they live and work. Seminaries and religious communities are always ready to host people interested in spending a few days with the community to see first hand the life and ministry of a Sister, Brother or Priest.

The Church needs dedicated Sisters, Brothers and Priests to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can answer that call. After prayer, investigation, involvement and experience go with your heart. The bottom line question is, "Can I see myself as a religious, a church minister? If the answer is yes, it is time to act. It is time to talk to a vocation director.


To be a ‘Salesian of Don Bosco’ means to belong to a Catholic organisation of men who dedicate their entire lives to God through generous service to young people, especially those who are poorer and disadvantaged. This way of life entails professing the three vows, living in communities, educating and evangelising young people after the example of Don Bosco.

There are two modes of being a Salesian:

The Salesian Priest A Salesian Priest is a consecrated religious, an ordained minister, a missionary and minister of the young.

The Salesian Brother A Salesian Brother is a consecrated lay religious, who works in a secular field and by his consecrated life proclaims and bears witness to a convinced life of faith and a total dedication to God.

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