The word “Vocation” comes from the Latin word vocare – which means to be called. We understand that God is the one who speaks, calls each of us into relationship with our Triune God, and invites us to respond to God’s grace by living a life of loving God and loving others.  This is done through the call to married life, single life or to a religious life (Holy Orders & Consecrated Life). Each of these is a vocation, and is a response to our Baptism into the saving death and resurrection of Christ.

For more information about becoming a priest or deacon in the Archdiocese of Toronto, please visit the Vocations Toronto website.

A vocation is not the exclusive privilege of monks, priests, religious sisters, or a few heroic lay persons. God calls everyone who is listening, there is no individual or group for whom God’s call is reserved. But to be effective, a call must be heard, and to hear it we must continually discern our vocation amidst the escalating demands of our career.

-Henri Nouwen

(We would like to thank Catherine Ecker (, who is the principal author.)