What is a Vocation?  

The term given to the call to each person from God; everyone has been called to holiness and eternal life, especially in Baptism.  Each person can also be called more especially to the priesthood or to religious life, to married life, and to single life, as well as to a particular profession or service.

To heighten awareness and understanding within the parish community concerning vocations by promoting prayer for vocations, educational opportunities regarding vocations, and appreciation for current and future priests, brothers, and consecrated religions.

Our Catholic Church is growing in numbers, but at the same time, many of our priests and religious are considering retirement or are being called back to their reward with the Lord.  We feel the shortage and great need for more vocations to the priesthood and religious orders.  Our committee welcomes parishioners who would like to join us in our mission to help foster and promote vocations.  Help us make everyone more aware of this great need through prayer, programs, and encouragement to consider a calling to the Priesthood or Religious Life.

Christian life is about loving and serving as Jesus taught and did.  Those called to serve God and the Christian community as bishops, priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers have Christ's invitation to love God's people with an unfailing "fatherly" love, rooted in their own dedication to the Lord and His gospel.

St. Jude wishes to provide support to parishioners discerning a religious or lay vocational call for their lives.  Our parish priest and lay ecclesial staff members are always available to meet with parishioners to help guide them in their discernment process.  Please call our Pastor at the Parish Center at 317-786-4371 for more information and discussion. Those considering entering the priesthood or a religious vocation, please contact the Archdiocesan Vocation Office at 317-236-1490.

The Archdiocese web site below offers updated information regarding all religious communities. If you are discerning a religious life, you should receive the sacraments, pray daily, meet with a spiritual director, and visit different communities. Vocations events and "Come and See Weekends" can also be found on the Archdiocese website at: http://www.archindy.org/heargodscall/.  For a complete listing of all religious women and men orders, visit the Archdiocese website for General Statistics at:  http://www.archindy.org/stats/index.html

One of the many wonderful videos’ available on the Internet is from one of the priests of the Archdiocese, Father Dan Atkins, former associate at St. Jude.  Please view: A Desire of My Heart: http://vimeo.com/43192430


Additional Resouces

Women Religious Orders serving in the ArchIndy: http://www.archindy.org/directory/women-religious.html

Men Religious Orders serving in the ArchIndy: http://www.archindy.org/directory/men-religious.html

Priests of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis link: http://www.archindy.org/staff/priests/index.html

Deacons of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis link: http://www.archindy.org/staff/deacon/index.html

Seminarians of the ArchIndy: http://www.archindy.org/heargodscall/seminarians.html

Vocations Discernment link: www.diocesanpriest.com

Video of Sister Tracey Horan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZpkc-fqUY0

Those considering entering the priesthood or a Religious Vocation, please contact our Pastor or the Archdiocesan Vocation Office at 317-236-1490. If you require more information on any of these Sacraments, please contact the Parish Center 317-786-4371. 

To contact the Vocations Committee email Deacon Dave Henn, dmhenn@gmail.com or Kris Chaney, kchaney@stjudeindy.org