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Every person in the world has a vocation, a calling from God.  The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Joliet attempts to help all people discern their vocation.

Is God Calling Me To Be A Priest?
How Do I Know If God Is Calling Me?

There are several things that help us to discern God's call in our lives:

  • Prayer
    Spend time daily in quiet prayer, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Blesed Sacrament.  Also pray the rosary.  Mary's total surrender to God is a model for all of us to follow.  Read the Scriptures, especially the Gospels.
  • Sacraments
    Frequent reception of the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist open our hearts to hearing the voice of God.
  • Counsel
    Seek counsel from people you trust (your parents, a priest).  Get spiritual direction from someone trained to do so.
  • Silence
    Being with God in silence allows us to hear His voice, away from all of the distractions of the world.
  • Visit
    Visit a seminary.  You do not know what you are saying yes or no to unless you go and see.
  • Participate
    Join a discernment group in order to be with others who are trying to discern God's will in their lives. 
  • Trust
    Above all, trust that doing the will of God will bring us joy and peace. 

If you are thinking about priesthood, I would encourage you to take part in some of the events we offer in the Diocese of Joliet.  You are not alone in this search to do God's will.  For more information, download our Vocation Events brochure below.


Fr. Steven Borello
Vocation Director


Delegate for Religious

"In every age there have been men and women who,
obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ in order to devote themselves to Him with an 'undivided' heart.
Like the apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as He did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society."

VITA CONSECRATA: Apostolic Exhortation--Pope John Paul II

Sister Judith A. Davies, OSF

Delegate for Religious


What is a Deacon

 The service of deacons in the Church is documented from apostolic times and flourished well into the 5th century. For a variety of reasons, the diaconate then began to be conferred only on those preparing for the priesthood. The renewal of the diaconate as a permanent order in its own right was called for both by the Council of Trent and by the Second Vatican Council and implemented by Pope Paul VI in 1967.

By reason of their ordination by the Bishop, deacons are to serve as a sign or sacrament of Jesus himself, the one who “came not to be served, but to serve.” They are to be icons, living signs, of Christ the Servant. Pope John Paul II has spoken of the service of deacons as “the Church’s service sacramentalized.”

A deacon is ordained to a threefold, integrated ministry of service of the Liturgy, Word and Charity/Justice.

  • The deacon’s service of the liturgy at Mass, besides proclaiming the Gospel and articulating the Church’s needs in the general intercessions, includes preparing the gifts, distributing Holy Communion and, with the approval of the Bishop and his pastor, preaching the homily. The deacon may solemnly baptize, witness marriages in the name of the Church, bring Viaticum to the dying, and preside over wakes, funerals and burial services. He may preside over liturgies of the Word, the Liturgy of the Hours and exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. He may also conduct other prayer services and administer certain of the Church’s sacramentals.
  • The service of the Word includes: offering catechetical instruction, counseling, instructing catechumens, leading retreats and Scripture study, conducting parish renewal programs and reaching out to alienated Catholics.
  • The deacon is a pre-eminent minister of charity and justice. The service of charity/justice is as extensive as are human needs. The deacon ministers in prisons and in hospitals. He visits the homebound, serves the mentally ill, chemically dependent, the abused and battered, the old and the young, the abandoned, the dying and the bereaved. Since in modern society it is no longer sufficient merely to help someone in need, a deacon should also be involved in social justice and advocacy efforts for a just society.

Currently, there are over 17,000 permanent deacons in the United States and 32,000 worldwide. The first permanent deacons in the Diocese of Joliet were ordained in 1974. Presently, 218 deacons serve our diocese in parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and wherever the needs of people call for their ministry.

Deacon John Freund
Director Office of the Diaconate