Over the course of six months, participants in the Vocational Discernment Program will partake in six monthly virtual sessions.
The Vocational Discernment Program is for young adults ages 18-35 who are wrestling with many questions among which are:
- What exactly is “Vocation” and what does that mean for me?
- What is my purpose in life?
- Why did God put me on this earth?
- What is God calling me to do with the wonderful gifts he gave me?
The purpose of the Vocational Discernment Program is:
- To give young adults an opportunity to be in community with other young adults and explore deeper questions about their lives.
- To feel comfortable and safe enough to have those deeper conversations that might bring about clarity of purpose.
- To listen to the journeys of others who may be in the same boat and to learn from their experiences.
- To ask the questions that may come up in a judgement “free zone.”
- To explore our giftedness and be awakened to how those gifts might be used to serve others.
- To begin to think about being called and being chosen!
There will be a mixture of religious sisters, lay speakers, and young adult leaders who have experience in the work of Vocation.
The monthly session topics include:
- Session 1: What exactly is Vocational Discernment?
- Discovering who God made you to be, discovering your deepest identity.
- Where and how do our stories interact with God’s story and the world?
- Becoming aware of what’s in our hearts and minds.
- Listening to God and others.
- Gaining clarity.
- Session 2: Listening and Questioning
- Allowing us to see ourselves and one another.
- Paying attention to bodily sensation and gut feeling.
- Judgment-free zone.
- How do I hear God’s voice?
- Scripture and other readings.
- Sharing our personal stories.
- Calling on deeper ways of knowing.
- Prayer and meditation practices.
- Session 3: Integrating the Dominican charism/spiritual pillars into everyday life.
- Prayer is the heart of a spiritual life.
- Study helps us come to the understanding that truth is never complete and there is always more to know and understand.
- Community is an invitation to stay connected to God, our individual relationships, and the world around us.
- Ministry is about integrating a life of service with a life of faith, preaching through word and action.
- Session 4: Reflecting theologically together.
- Reflecting personally and communally.
- Moving from the “me” to the “we”.
- Looking at the deeper questions:
- System impact, power, and understanding of our relationship to the sacred, faithful work in the world.
- Readings from Scripture and other texts.
- How are we connected?
- God, ourselves, our communities, and all of creation.
- How do we align our work with God’s hope for all of humanity?
- Journaling – insights, questions, and ponderings.
- Session 5: Identifying issues of concern and uncovering opportunities for service and leadership; transforming the deep stirrings and insights into action
- Racism, inequality, poverty, immigration, climate change, and COVID.
- Understanding their interconnectedness.
- Accepting differences among us- what binds us, what divides us?
- How can I make a difference?
- Identifying local /regional/national groups affected by issues of concern.
- Cultivating collaborations, networking, and connecting locally/regionally/nationally with ministries, organizations and agencies addressing identified issues.
- Advocating in your communities and for causes you care about.
- Volunteering and/or new paths of employment.
- Inspiring self and others.
- Session 6: How to live my best life.
- Incorporating all that I have learned.
- What changes have I made; will I make?
- Paying it forward, sharing my journey with others.