Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
VOCATIONIST FATHERS can help you discover if becoming a Catholic priest is the right choice for you and your faith. We are here to guide you on discerning God’s plan for your life, as you begin this exciting spiritual journey and explore the options open to you. If you decide this is your call, we will help you to become a Catholic priest.
Is God Calling You?
How Do You Know When God is Calling You?
By the grace of God and the virtue of our baptism, we all have a vocation. We are all called to live a life of holiness and service. The challenge is to figure out and understand how God wants us to live out that call.
. Should I get married?
. Should I become a religious person?
. Should I remain single?
Society of Divine Vocations
The Society of Divine Vocations is a religious congregation founded by Blessed Fr. Justin Maria Russolillo, S.D.V., in Pianura, Naples – Italy in 1920. Today, the Society of Divine Vocations is also known as the VOCATIONIST FATHERS. Blessed Fr. Justin also founded the Vocationist Sisters and Apostles of Universal Sanctification.
Our ministry is carried out in parishes, schools, missions and their main field of apostolate – “The Vocationary” – a place for vocational discernment and religious formation.
Blessed Father Justin said,“A Vocationary is a religious house where, in a spirit of prayer and study, we educate and guide – free of charge – candidates who wish to dedicate themselves to a life of service to the Lord, but who are not oriented yet towards diocesan priesthood or religious congregations.”
A Message of Vocationist Spirituality
“The ultimate goal of the Vocationist Fathers is to bring all its members, and, through the, the whole world to perfect divine union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Vocationist Fathers believe in universal sanctification and promote it in all walks of life. Our founder, Blessed Father Justin saw religion as a relationship. He taught that the very reason of our creation is the fact that God wants us to have a personal, living relationship of love with the three divine persons. This relationship is progressive, ascensional and must be constant. Imitating the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph we are called and guided to live the relationship of soul daughter of God in imitation of Jesus Christ; the relationship of soul mother of God, imitation the Virgin Mary, and the relationship of soul spouse of the Trinity, imitating the St. Joseph.
The uniqueness of the Vocationist spirituality consists in the fact that Fr. Justin teaches that all men are called to live this relationship of love with the Blessed Trinity; it is not an extraordinary privilege granted to a few saints, but it is a general calling extended to every soul. This espousal relationship is seen in the very word of creation: ‘Let us make man in our own image and likeness. The love of one divine person for the other is a love that is total, exclusive and permanent, for example a marital love. The same freedom that God as given to us, is necessitated by the espousal love, that must be totally free. Out most common form of prayer: “Most Holy Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit” is an indication that we want and must constantly relate to the divine persons, since a relationship is possible only between two persons, and so we address the divine persons and establish this ever growing relationship of love with them.
Our favorite forms of prayer ‘Offertories and Consecrations’ are also meant to nurture our espousal relationship of love with the Blessed Trinity. All our prayers end with the refrain: “O my God and my All! Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may your will be done, your love reign, your glory shine always more in me and in everyone, as in yourself, O my God and my All”.”
You give Yourself
completely to me
in Your Supreme Gift:
The Sacrament of Love.
Blessed is he
who understands it
and seeks to become like you.
How could I not be eternally
grateful to You
with my entire being?
Crown all Your graces
by granting that I may achieve
the ultimate purpose
of every gift,
O my God and my All…
Blessed Fr. Justin Maria Russolillo, S.D.V.,
Spirit of Prayer, page 111.