Archdiocese of Melbourne

The Winter edition of Vocations News contains an article from the new Vocations Director, Fr David Cartwright, and a tribute to the outgoing Director, Fr Binh Le, together with information about the forthcoming Evangelium Retreat for young men and women.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter, called Good Shepherd Sunday - referring to the Gospel for the day, is celebrated in the Church as World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  This year, 11th May, is the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations and Pope Francis has given us the theme:  Vocations, Witness to the Truth.  

On Friday 7th March 2014, Archbishop Hart, together with the Bishops of Ballarat and Sandhurst, Auxiliary Bishops and priests of Melbourne, celebrated the opening Mass of the Seminary year at Sacred Heart Church in Carlton, followed by a luncheon at Corpus Christi College.  The Mass was attended by students of the Seminary, representatives of Agencies of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and parents and friends of Corpus Christi College.

The first Quo Vadis? Reflection Evening for young men will be held on Friday evening 7th March commencing at 6.30 pm.  The evening will include Eucharistic Adoration, opportunity for Confession, Mass, discussion and a shared meal. 

Quo Vadis is changing dates for 2014.  Beginning on 7th March, Quo Vadis will be held on the first Friday of each month.

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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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