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Published: May 22, 2010   

Test your calling

For those interested in becoming a nun, priest or monk, take the free online test at More than 900 people said they have applied and entered the religious life. For more information, call (800) 221-1807.

New vocations website

The U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations initiated a new website in April to be a resource for laity and clergy in the promotion of vocations.

The goals of the site are to help individuals hear and respond to the call to the priesthood or consecrated life and to educate Catholics on the importance of encouraging others through prayer and activities to promote vocations.

The site can be found at A Spanish-language site will be available this fall at http://www.PorTuVocació

The site includes discernment resources for men and women, aids for promoting a vocation culture within the home and tools for educators, youth leaders and vocation directors including prayers, videos and vocation awareness programs.

Facebook users can become "eVangelizers" for the cause. By becoming an eVangelizer, one can connect others to the website's blog posts.

Vocations Quiz

Answering "yes" to these questions may confirm that you hear the call to discern a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.

  • Does your relationship with God sustain you, enliven you and invigorate you in such a way you want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others?
  • Do you have a desire to serve others more?
  • Is the work you do in weekly ministry more fulfilling than your 40-hour work week?
  • Do you feel called to give more or be more?
  • Do you long for more?
  • Do you find yourself searching the Internet for information regarding the priesthood or consecrated life?
  • Does the idea of becoming a brother, sister or priest keep coming back time and time again?
  • Do you have a sneaking suspicion you are on the brink of a major life decision?

    Top vocation websites

  • Vocation Boom:

  • Catholic Religious Vocation Network: Vision:

  • National Religious Vocation Conference:

  • Click here to return to the 2010 Vocations section index.

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