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What is a Vocation | Annual Activities | Vocation Resources

God has blessed me in unique ways. How should I use my gifts to serve Him?

Prayer of St. Augustine – This is a beautiful musical setting of St. Augustine’s prayer as sung by Dan Purkapile.  Please enjoy.

What is a Vocation?

What is a vocation? Quite simply, a vocation is how you choose to live your life, using the gifts you have been blessed with in a way that best honors, serves, and pleases our Lord. A vocation includes: ordained vocations such as the Priesthood and Diaconate, the consecrated religious life for men and women, marriage, parenthood and the single life — all ways of living our lives in dedication to our Lord.

The St. Augustine Vocations Committee has been established to increase awareness and education concerning all vocations. We work to encourage parishioners to understand their unique gifts and talents given by God— and through prayer— determine his or her unique vocation.

Serve Your Spirit and Parish Community

The Vocations Committee meets once a month (the third Tuesday of each month at 7PM) on the second floor of our new Parish Center. We welcome anyone who would like to join the Committee to support our mission!

We coordinate many activities in support of vocations throughout the year including:

  • Praying the Augustinian Corona Rosary every First Friday after Adoration,
  • Vocations Week,
  • World Marriage Day,
  • World Day of Prayer for Vocations,
  • World Day of Prayer for Priests and other activities.

Our committee is looking for exactly your gifts.  We explore current issues in our world and what it means to have a vocation that enriches our souls and helps serve Our Lord through educational events.  Whether you are talented with listening, planning, writing, organizing, or speaking the Vocations Committee is a wonderful way to serve and participate in your Catholic faith.

God, I know You love me and have great plans for me.  But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future. Show me how to walk forward one day at a time.  May I take heart while I search openly, learn about all the choices, listen to others for advice, and pay attention to my own feelings. By doing these things, may I hear your call to a lifestyle and a career that will let me love as only I can, and let me serve others with the special gifts that You have given me. Amen

Annual Activities

Each of us has been blessed by God with our own unique gifts and talents. Understanding our calling, or vocation, and using our unique gifts takes prayerful reflection. The following activities are designed to help those who attend to be able to be inspired, listen to God, and better understand how best each of us can use our talents in service of God.

If you feel the calling to join the Vocations Committee and support this ministry and our activities—please contact one of the co-chairs. We would be happy to have you join us!

First Fridays at 5:00 PM,  join us and pray the Augustinian Corona Rosary. 

Every month (September – May), on the First Friday at 5PM, please join us in praying the Augustinian Corona Rosary.  The Augustinian Rosary is dedicated to Our Mother of Consolation and offered for vocations to the Augustinian Order, men and women religious, and followed by Benediction.

Click here for more information on how the Augustinian Corona Rosary is prayed.

World Day for Consecrated Life – First Sunday in February

The first Sunday in February of each year  has been designated as World Day for Consecrated Life, a commemoration begun by Blessed John Paul II in 1997. The World Day forvConsecrated Life is held on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the Pope explained, because “the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is an eloquent icon of the total offering of one’s life for all those who are called to show forth in the Church and in the world, by means of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one.”

World Marriage Day- Second Sunday in February

We celebrate the Vocation of Marriage and World Marriage Day at all Masses on the second weekend of February. We will be honoring and praying for all married couples during all Masses over the weekend.
(Something special will be handed out!)

Your Marriage is Your Call to Holiness (video)

World Day of Prayer for Vocations  (Good Shepherd Sunday) – Fourth Sunday of Easter

In 1963, Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday as World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We will be praying at all Masses, highlighting the importance of vocations in the life and mission of the Church, as well as for intensifying our prayer that they may increase in number and quality.

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests – Feast of the Sacred Heart

Blessed John Paul II established that on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the Church will observe the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.

Vocations Week – Third Week of October

We will celebrate Vocations Awareness week this year starting the week-end which marks the third week of October.   Learn, hear and understand how others have found their Vocation and perhaps, better understand how you can use your gifts to serve our Lord.

Weekend Masses

Augustinian in Formation – Personal story by Br. Aldo Potencio, OSA

Br. Aldo Potencio, OSA is an Augustinian in formation and is currently doing his pastoral year at Merrimack College. Before entering the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, he had been working in the accounting field. He was born in the Philippines and was introduced to Augustinian charism and spirituality as he went to a school by the Augustinian sisters. He moved to the US after finishing his undergraduate studies and later went for graduate studies in business in Buffalo NY. He started seriously discerning about religious life in 2010 and went on a discernment retreat with the Augustinians later that year. He was accepted to the pre-novitiate in 2011 and spent the year living in community at the Bellisini Friary in Ardmore PA, while also taking Philosophy and Theology classes at Villanova University. He was accepted to the novitiate the following year in Racine Wisconsin. After completing the novitiate year, he professed his first vows on August 3, 2013 and started his theological studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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Daily Prayer Intentions

Sunday: ALL Vocations
Monday: Augustinian and the Consecrated Religious Life
Tuesday: Marriage
Wednesday: Ordained Vocations—Priesthood and Diaconate
Thursday: Single Life
Friday: Parenthood
Saturday: ALL Vocations

St. Augustine School children created unique testimonies about their ideas of vocations and how to use the gifts God blesses us with.  Click on the name of the child to see their video. Enjoy!

National Vocations Week – First full week of November

National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Day of Prayer for Augustinian Vocations – Second Sunday of November

The Order of St. Augustine are followers of Jesus Christ, who live in faith-filled community in the spirit of St. Augustine, the great Doctor of the Church. Join us for a day of prayer for Augustinian Vocations.

Prayer for Vocations Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest who calls men and women to loving service: All glory and praise are yours, God of truth, light of our hearts, for you guide your people in the ways of holiness. Help those who follow in the footsteps of Augustine to see you through mutual love and worship and to be servants of your Church as examples that others may follow. Enlighten men and women to see the beauty of common life in the spirit of Saint Augustine, and strengthen them in your service so that the work you have begun in them may be brought to fulfillment. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen
Blessed Stephen Bellesini, O.S.A., pray for us.

Blessed Stephen Bellesini, OSA (1774-1840) was an Italian Augustinian friar known for his preaching, teaching, and ministry to youth and is considered the patron of vocations to the Augustinian Order.  His feast day is February 3rd.

Vocation Resources

Fall in Love
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907–1991)

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.

It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
From Finding God in All Things: A Marquette Prayer Book © 2009
Marquette University Press. Used with permission.

“Love is the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being”.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)