“Resurrectionists: Vocation Stories”
“Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown
In you and you in me?”
The word vocation comes from the Latin word “to call.”
Do you ever feel an interior call, a feeling that Jesus is calling you to follow Him?
Is prayer a part of your life?
Do you enjoy serving others?
Are you a faithful Christian?
Have you ever thought of being a minister in the Church?
Do you enjoy sharing a common vision with others?
Belong to and live in a community
Profess vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
Can be stationed anywhere in the world
Do a variety of work
Are responsible to a superior
There are Religious Priests, Brothers & Sisters.
Each possible candidate to the Congregation of the Resurrection is a unique son of God with different gifts, talents and abilities, personal history and experiences. First of all, a candidate must have a desire to serve God and the people of God. A Resurrectionist candidate must possess the capacity – intellectual, moral, spiritual, psychological and physical (in good health) – to make a permanent vowed commitment. Those who feel called to be a Resurrectionist Brother should have skills and abilities – through his study or work experiences – to be developed to prepare him for his future apostolic service to God, the Church and the Congregation.
Those who feel called to be a Resurrectionist Permanent Deacon or Priest must be prepared to meet the necessary academic requirements – a university degree followed by theological studies – in order to assume their ministry within the Catholic community.
Formation to be a Resurrectionist is concerned with the whole person. Prospective candidates, prior to being admitted for formation, have the opportunity to live with members in the local community. Formation commences with a novitiate which involves a year of preparation, concluding with a temporal commitment to live as a vowed member of the Congregation. Formation continues for a further period of at least three years. A life commitment can be made at the end of this time. Studies in Philosophy and Theology, which span a period of five to seven years, commence after the priest candidate completes his novitiate. During this time, the candidate has ample opportunities for pastoral experience.
This is a period up to a year in duration, during which a person interested in joining the congregation discerns his readiness to enter the Novitiate.
The novitiate is the initiation into religious life as described in the common and particular law of the Church and the Congregation.
After the novitiate, the professed continues his basic formation as he prepares for perpetual profession and apostolic ministry in the Congregation.
Throughout their life, religious continue their spiritual, doctrinal, and practical formation.
If you have any questions about what it means to be called, please feel free to contact our Vocations Director – Fr. Gary Hogan, CR at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please visit the website of our Seminary http://resurrectionseminary.com