Are you called to ...?
Come follow me“Only Jesus knows what ‘definite service’ he has in mind for you. Be open to his voice resounding in the depths of your heart - even now his heart is speaking to your heart.”
(Pope Benedict XVI, Hyde Park, 2010)
Baptisminto the Catholic Church either as an adult or looking to have my own child baptised
Live a Christian Lifethose who strive to live their lives in the community of the Church according to God’s teaching
Marriagethrough marriage a husband and wife give themselves to each other without reservation
Priesthoodone who lays down his life for others so that he can share in the priesthood of Christ in a particular way, and thereby represent Christ the Good Shepherd for us, Christ as the head of the Church
Permanent Diaconatemarried and single men who are ordained to offer consecrated lives of service by assisting with the sacraments; preaching the Word of God and leading people in prayer; reaching out to the practical and spiritual needs of others
Consecrated Lifeincludes monks and nuns, religious brothers and sisters in active communities and others who have taken vows of poverty, chastity (lifelong celibacy) and obedience
Single Lifethose who have made a personal commitment to the single life even though they have not taken any vows
Lay servicepastoral ministers in the Catholic Church who serve the Church but are not ordained
Support Vocationsin various ways, whether as family, friends, fellow parishionors or financially
Called to Return to the Churchthose who have been away from the Church for various reasons but would like to explore more whether and how they can come back
Come follow me
Jesus calls each of us to follow Him, along a variety of different paths. He continues to call men and women, young and old; rich and poor; labourers, professionals, students to serve him in a variety of different ways…all of them imperfect, all of them with a profound love for Christ and His people.
This website aims to help you to discern your vocation, to discover your own route to happiness and the fullness of life. Ask the Lord what particular path He has in mind for you. He is the one who knows you better than you know yourself and who loves you more than you can possibly even begin to imagine!
“Ask him for the generosity to say ‘yes!’ Do not be afraid to
give yourself totally to Jesus. He will give you the grace you need
to fulfil your vocation.”
Pope Benedict, Hyde Park, Sep 2011
The Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth hopes that this website will help you to hear the loving voice of Christ.
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