Catholics hear all the time about a “crisis in vocations.” This is usually discussed concerning vocations to the priesthood. But the challenge of discerning a vocation is not limited to the priesthood.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan smiles as he walks with Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, before celebrating Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. CNS photo
Everyone is called to discern what God wants them to do with their lives — be it a young man considering the priesthood, young men and women entering the religious life, a man feeling called to the permanent diaconate, a couple deciding on marriage, or someone recognizing a dedicated single life. Today, however, there are many challenges to hearing God’s call, and the task of the Church is to assist men and women to discern the path that will lead them to true happiness and eternal life. more
Our Sunday Visitor spoke with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on how to build a “culture of vocations.” He served as rector of the North American College, the seminary for Americans in Rome, from 1994 to 2001.