St. Matthias Vocations Ministry

Mission Statement:

The St Matthias Vocations Ministry encourages and fosters vocations by promoting awareness of various kinds of vocations and helping parishioners of all ages discern God’s call to holiness and follow their vocations intentionally and mindfully.  Co-Chairs: Joe Percoco & MaryBeth Vetter Purcell   Email:

Vocations Ministry Pamphlet

The Vocations Ministry is exploring Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and Be Glad” (On the Call to Holiness.) See our weekly bulletin articles and read the document at:

Watch three parishioners speak about vocation in their life here at St. Matthias.

Called to Build God’s Kingdom 

Prayer for Discernment 

 O God, 

You have a plan for each one of us, 

You hold out to us a future full of hope. 

Give us the wisdom of your Spirit 

so that we can see the shape of your plan 

in the gifts you have given us, 

and in the circumstances of our daily lives. 

Give us the freedom of your Spirit, 

to seek you with all our hearts, 

and to choose your will above all else. 

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. 

—Based on Jeremiah 29:11-13 

Suggested Reading List:

Discernment is for every Christian — not just Jesuits: an interview with Arturo Sosa, SJ

Pope John XXIII, Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations)

Pope Francis, Guadete et Exsultate (Rejoice & Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World)

Albert Haase; Practical Holiness: Pope Francis as Spiritual Companion

Albert Haase; Saying Yes: Discovering and Responding to God’s Will In Your Life

Edward Hahnenberg; Awakening Vocation: A theology of Christian Call

Stephen Martin; The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Find Your Vocation

Mark Thibodeaux; God’s Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will

You Tube Videos on Vocations

What is my vocation?:

James Martin: World Youth Day Talk:  Vocation  Discussion:

Priscilla Shirer: You Go Through More Because You’re Called to More:

Sunday Homily: The Path to Holiness:

Embracing Pope Francis’ Call to holiness:

Keys to understanding the new papal document about the call to holiness:

Bishop Baron on the Call to Holiness:

Father Martin Guadete et Exsultate top 5 takeaways from Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation:

Holiness: Francis’ formula for holiness:

The AX: Guadete et Exsultate Part 1: