Holy Orders & the Vowed Life

Priests and Deacon at Confirmation 

          Father Chuck  Shepharding his flock  Deacon Samuel in Sacristy  Sister Susan Elizabeth Rakers on July 12, 2014

          Rafal Pyrchla  Priests and Religious at staff Thanksgiving

Interested in becoming a priest, deacon or vowed sister or brother? Call a St. Paul Parish Priest or Deacon at (618) 654-2339 OR call the 

Diocese of Springfield Vocations Office at (217) 698-8500 ext. 194,

Rev. Brian C. Alford,Director Office for Vocations

Rev. Christopher A. House, Director of Seminarians

My Dear Friends,

It is not a coincidence that our Lord has chosen to make us in His own image and likeness. Each and every one of us has a part to play in the life of the world and in the life of the Church. Our Lord has called each of us to holiness; this call is our universal vocation. With that universal call, each of us is also invited to once again play a specific part in creation. What might your part be?

How is God calling you to live out your life in service to Him and His people? Some people live the single life as a witness to the holiness of God in the world. For many, God call to them is to the sacred bond of marriage. For others though, there is a “different” call. God is still calling holy men and women to serve Him and the Church through sacred orders (bishops, priests and deacons) and the religious life. Could God possibly be calling you to something “different”? Consider the priesthood or religious life as the way that God might be calling you to follow Him!

The Church needs good and holy men and women in all aspects of its life. As you are discerning God’s call in your life, know that you are not alone. The Office for Vocations desires to help you in any way possible. Please contact us at anytime if we can be of assistance to you in your journey.

Each and every one of us is being called by our loving God. Each and every one of us has a vocation. Take time to let the Lord speak to you. Let Him unfold His own desire for you in your life.

In Christ’s Peace,

Rev. Brian C. Alford
Director, Office for Vocations