Through baptism, all Christians are called to holiness and fullness of life. The way in which individual Christians live out this call to holiness is unique to each person.
The following sites serve to introduce the Catholic concept of Vocation.
Vocation.com, is a comprehensive Catholic vocation resource. Read or watch short video testimonies. Browse the questions and answers page and even send in a question to be answered.
Life Choices for Catholics – There are many vocation choices for Catholics. This site provides links and information about the life and ministry of male and female religious orders, the Diocesan Priesthood and Diaconate, and vocations of married and single life (the laity). It contains personal stories such as: Why I joined a religious order and Why celibacy is important to me.
How is God calling you? What is your vocation?
Religous Today An Australian site from the religious congregations that enables exporation of the ministry and life of religous in the contempoary world.
We all have a vocation. Sometimes it can seem that when we talk about vocations we are talking about priests and religious only, but all Christians are called to live out their Baptisimal promises. This includes lay people who serve the Church in formal as well as informal ways.
Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders certain men are called in the name of Christ and with his authority to serve the people of God as deacons, priests and bishops.
Holy orders is presented in the context of the priesthood of all people in this informative video.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Information about the Permanent Diaconate what is it? what do Deacons do? etc
Some Christians feel God calling them to make a public commitment to religious life.
Do young people today enter religious life? Yes this young woman did – watch Sister Julia’s story.
When someone begins to ponder the possibility of religious life, there are many sites to help in the reflection and discernment process. some e.g.s: Sisters of Mercy; Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions; Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion; Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary; Sisters of St Joseph; Dominican Sisters.
Benedictine life today includes the rituals and procedures that were familiar to the Monks of the Middle Ages as you can see here.
These short video clips from the 1990’s look at a group of religious women.
If you are being assessed for this topic using Achievement Standard 90821 these resources may be useful.
Remember that these are resources that fit the generic title of the standard if you are being assessed on your knowledge of Church Art and Architecture. You should read the actual standard 90821, the national moderator’s report, and the assessment task that your school has set.
AS 90821 requires you to explain and anlyse the changes in an expression of a religous tradition using a range of details and reasons (in depth) and using a range of examples to support your answer (in breadth). You are being asked to explain and analyse some aspect of how the expression of religous vocation in a general or particular way has changed. Read the task with care. Is it about the changes in the rite or the changes in the life experience or general changes in the expression of vocation? Remember what gave rise to the changes is important.
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