Archdiocese of Melbourne

Christmas Message from Archbishop Denis Hart - Click here

The Vocations Office will be closed from 19th December to 13th January inclusive.  Reopening on Tuesday 14th January. 

We wish you all a blessed and joyous Christmas and a peaceful and safe New Year.  See you 2014!

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us! 
This final edition of Vocations News for 2013 looks forward to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and back on a wonderful year in Vocations in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  There is also an article from the Rector of Corpus Christi College Seminary, Fr Brendan Lane.

by Chris Creo
For most Melbournians, the 23 November 2013 was just another rainy day.  But for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, especially for the many gathered inside St Patrick's Cathedral, it was a momentous occasion as Archbishop Denis Hart ordained three men to the diaconate.

"Go, Do not be Afraid, Serve!"
Pope Francis, in his homily at the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janerio, told the crowd of over three million young people that it is time to go and to pass on their joyful and wonderful experience of faith to others.  Read more of Fr Binh Le's article, together with articles from three Melbourne seminarians, and reflections from the Liturgy Coordinator of one of the schools recently visited and a participant in the Vocations Retreat.

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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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