Every Christian person
has a vocation. Our word 'vocation' comes from the Latin 'vocatio'
which means 'a calling'. Through baptism each person is called
by God to become more like Jesus Christ- to share his life and
love, to grow in knowledge and love of God, and to place our personal
gifts and talents at the service of others.
God's call is always an invitation to 'choose
life' (Deuteronomy 30:19): God calls many to choose life in the
vocation of marriage; some to choose life in the single vocation;
and others to choose life in the vocations of sisters, brothers,
priests and deacons. We come to know and appreciate the vocation
to which God calls each person through prayer and reflection,
and through speaking with others about our hopes and desires,
our gifts and talents. In responding to God's call to each of
us, we can experience what Jesus has promised: 'I have come that
you may have life, and have it to the full' (John 10: 10).
If you are thinking over the question of whether God is calling you to serve him as an ordained priest or permanent deacon or in the monastic or religious life you are invited to contact Fr Peter (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or any of the priests via the parish office. They may be able to help you in your discernment or put you in contact with someone who can.
If you are simply interested in knowing more about the priesthood or religious life please do make contact with one of the priests.
If you would like to know more about monastic life as it is lived at Ealing Abbey please do contact Fr Abbot or one of the monks.
The Diocesan Vocations Director is Fr Richard Nesbitt,
Email: richardnesbitt at rcdow dot org dot uk
telephone 020 7349 5624
Becoming a monk at Ealing Abbey
Diocese of Westminster - vocations
The National Office for Vocation
Compass - Career's advice with spiritual guidance