Vocation

Making a choice about the life you choose to live is an important decision. There are many different options and possibilities you may be thinking about: the type of job you'd like, the area of study you'd prefer, the person you'll choose to spend your life with, the contact you'll develop with God and Church, the way you will live your beliefs  into action.

The word vocation comes from the Latin word vocare which means 'to call'.  Everybody has a calling. It is what God calls us to do with our lives.Our life or our career becomes our vocation when we follow it through in Gods name.

.... Where is God calling you?

 

Supporting Vocations in Limerick
  • If you would like to speak to the Diocesan director of vocations, please feel welcome to call or write to Fr Noel Kirwan at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre.
  • The Limerick diocesan vocations committe comprises of religious sisters and priests of the diocese, who meet regularly to pray and support each other in their ministry and to take initatives each year to promote, support and encourage vocations.
  • Limerick has several active branches of St Josephs Young Priests Society.
  • Each year, Pope Benedict writes a letter for World Day of Prayer for Vocations. You can find the 2011 letter on the Irish National Vocations website.
  • Three radio programs were made in 2010 to celebrate the vocation of priesthood. You can listen to three Limerick men speak of their faith journey and choices HERE (scroll to end of that page)
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A special celebration of the Eucharist was organised by the Vocations Committee as part of Limericks preparations for the Eucharistic Congress. A large group gathered in St Johns Cathedral on Wednesday, 30th November 211, to sing, to pray and to give thanks.

<- Students from Mary Immaculate College provided music, together with Bernadette Kiely, organist.

Some members of the hardworking vocations committe after the celebration ->

The chief celebrant was Fr Tony Mullins (Diocesan Administrator), and the homily was preached by Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon. A copy of Fr Eamonns homily is available HERE

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God knows me and calls me by my name.…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection
between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place, while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be
necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,
He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
still He knows what He is about.…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—
I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used.

Cardinal John Henry Newman.

from Meditations and Devotions, "Meditations on Christian Doctrine,"
"Hope in God—Creator", March 7, 1848