University of Surrey Catholic Chaplaincy
Every one of us has a part in God's plan, since He created each person for a particular reason.

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
Then I said, "Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth."
But the Lord said to me,
"Do not say, 'I am only a youth';
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you"
(Jeremiah 1:4-8)

When Jesus started preaching the Kingdom of God in Galilee and Judaea, He called twelve disciples to go with Him. We also need to listen for God's call in our own lives, and be prepared to follow Him when we hear it. We are never truly free or happy until we decide to listen to what God has planned for us, and to act on it.

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:16-18)

God calls many people to married life, in which they serve God by giving themselves freely to their spouse and children. Some people are called to give their lives exclusively to the service of God and their community, and become priests. Priests are usually celibate (i.e. they don't marry) so that they can be completely available to God and their parish. Also, some people are called to a life of service to God in their work and studies, and others become monks or nuns to dedicate their lives to prayer.

To discover our vocation (this is called "discernment"), we need to listen to God and ask Him what He wants from our lives. This means we need to pray - it is best if we can set aside a short time (even if only a few minutes) each day for prayer. It's a good idea to talk to someone trustworthy, like a Chaplain or Christian friend, who can tell you a bit about how to pray and shed some light on your vocation.

Here are some external links to give more information:
A video on vocation
UK Vocations Website

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The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Surrey is provided by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
The Arundel and Brighton Trust is a Registered Charity No. 252878

This website was last updated on 9th October 2015