For more information, please visit some of these external sites listed below:
Vocation Discernment Tips
National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors
The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors operates this website to foster communication between all diocesan vocations programs.
Vocation Boom is a group dedicated to supporting the priesthood as a life’s vocation and mission. It grew out of a vision which began to take shape in the heart of Jerry Usher while he spent time in priestly formation from 1989 to 1995. In 2009, shortly before Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed The Year for Priests, he gathered a team of colleagues and created the Vocation Boom website, which launched on September 14 of that year – The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The website contains audio archives of the roadshow, social networking opportunities, links to religious orders and diocesan organizations, and various other resources.
Sisters of Charity
Of course, God's call is not limited to men for the priesthood; women are called to be Sisters, and men are called to be Brothers. In Eastern Connecticut, we are blessed to be home to the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church. Few Catholics growing up in eastern Connecticut have not been affected in some way by these holy women. Look through their vocation pages to see personal stories and get an idea of what life at the convent is like.
Pontifical North American College
The Pontifical North American College, located in Rome, has been preparing men for the priesthood for over 150 years. Located near St. Peter's Basillica, the NAC provides an excellent perspective on the universality of Catholicism, being in the heart of the Church
Holy Apostles Seminary
Holy Apostles Seminary, located in Cromwell, CT, has been one of the nation's premiere seminaries for decades, and is the alma mater of many priests from the Diocese of Norwich. Bishop Michael Cote concurrently serves as the Chancellor of the seminary and college
Mount St. Mary's Seminary
"The Mount", as Mount St. Mary's Seminary is commonly referred, is the nation's second oldest Catholic seminary, and for the 2010-2011 academic year, the largest seminary in North America. Located an hour from Baltimore in rural Emmitsburg, MD, it is the alma mater of a number of priests in the Diocese of Norwich.
Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary
Pope Saint John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA has a unique focus; it caters to men aged 30-60 that discern a vocation after having worked in the world. This "second career" allows men to experience their formation with others who are similarly-disposed.