The root word for vocation is vocare, which is Latin for “to call.” God has created each one of us for a particular calling or way to follow Him. Through the Sacrament of Baptism we become a child of God and thus called to live in holiness through love of God and neighbor. It is important to also remember that our true vocation does not come from the world, but rather is an invitation directly from God to follow Him.
Our first or primary vocation is to live in holiness, or in other words, to become a saint! While this is a challenge for us all, it should be the goal of every baptized child of God.
Everyone has a vocation! There are several vocations to explore: We invite you to explore whether the call is leading you towards the Congregation of Christian Brothers, The Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Marriage or Single Life. Learning what your particular vocation will be requires a process we call discernment. It will be utilized at various stages in your life and God will use others to assist us in that process. Do you have the courage to ask God the question that is seldom uttered in your busy world, “Lord how are you calling me to follow You?”
At Brother Rice we will explore our vocation by having annual vocation talks or a vocation assembly. One year we will have a speaker come into our Theology classes to speak and the next year we will have an assembly in which we gather with our Theology class to have conversations with our Christian Brothers, representatives from the Archdiocese of Detroit, our Chaldean diocese and multiple religious orders to explore the theme of vocations in the Church.
As of the 2020-2021 school year, Brother Rice has two students studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks, finds; and the one who knocks the door will be opened.” -Matthew 7:7-8
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Brother Timothy Smyth, CFC
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