Archdiocese of Melbourne

Presenting the life and charism of:
> Mother Teresa of Calcutta
> St Francis of Assisi
> Mother Victoire Larmeniere
> St Ignatius of Loyola
> St Dominic

An Encountering Christ Retreat for women of all ages will be held from 17th - 19th July 2015 in Lysterfield, Melbourne. This retreat will offer the opportunity to "come away" with the Lord in prayer at the heart of the Church. The retreat will involve talks by the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia, and opportunities to pray the Divine Office, Mass, times for adoration, confession, silence and fellowship. We are so blessed to welcome Sister Mary Rachel, Sister Mary Magdalene, Sister Mary Helen, Sister Cecilia Rose and Sister Anastasia to Victoria to run this retreat.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Fourth Sunday of Easter offers us the figure of the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep: he calls them, he feeds them and he guides them. For over fifty years the universal Church has celebrated this Sunday as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. 

In this Year of Consecrated Life, as designated by Pope Francis, we might ask "What would become of the world if there were no Religious?" (Vita Consecrata 105).  Saint John Paul II is quoting Saint Teresa of Avila here - or rather, she is quoting her Lord.

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Welcome from Archbishop Hart

Welcome to the website for the Catholic Vocations Office for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

On this website you will find information about the different Christian vocations, helpful articles about discerning what God is calling you to, vocations videos, prayers, suggested reading and other links, testimonies from single people, married couples, consecrated men and women, deacons and priests, as well as answers to frequently asked questions and news about forthcoming Vocations Office events.

From this site you can also contact my Vocations Director, Rev Fr David Cartwright, who will be happy to help you with any personal vocation discernment questions.

As Blessed John Henry Newman put it "God has created me to do Him some definite service." I feel sure that this website will be a good place for you to start the quest to find your vocation. May God bless you as you seek His Will for your life.

Welcome Message from Fr David Cartwright, Vocations Director

Perhaps one of the most annoying things for many of us is a telephone that rings constantly.  Or perhaps it is the doorbell that rings all the time.  There is no shortage of things in everyday life that can annoy us.  Yet we may liken this insistence of a ringing doorbell or telephone to the call of the Lord to serve Him in priesthood or religious life.  A call, at some stage, demands a response – a response in faith, generosity and trust.

Perhaps you are reading this because you have experienced this ‘insistent’ (or annoying!) call from the Lord to consider a vocation as a priest or religious.

Many enquirers begin their searching at places like this – the anonymity of the website is safe and anonymous. Yet the call of the Lord is anything but. It is risky and public, and insistent because it demands a response from you. It is my hope and prayer that by your visiting these pages you may have the courage to respond in faith and trust to the insistent call of the Lord for you.

Consider religious life. Consider priesthood. Take the leap of faith ! 

If you want to take the ‘leap of faith’ please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you 

Father David Cartwright
Vocations Director



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