your career in surprising ways.
Religious congregations are continually evaluating their ministriesas they reflect on the signs of thetimes, listening for the call of theircharism—their particular focus andspirit—in the light of the gospel.
There are traditional needs incommunity-sponsored ministriessuch as schools and hospitals, butnew projects spring up that requirefresh eyes and new skills. A psychologist might work with veteransor women released from prison. Anaccountant can handle the financialside of a struggling social service
Many occupationscan be put to gooduse for the sake of theKingdom. What couldGod do with yours?
commitment to religious life musttake priority. A year or so away fromthe demands of professional trainingwon’t ruin a professional life but willbuild the solid foundation requiredfor consecrated life. Taking sometime off during initial formation isnot so different from choosing tobe a stay-at-home mom or dad fora while, as did several of my colleagues in medicine. My novitiateyear—a period of discernment, preparation, and formation activities before taking temporary vows—beganjust after completing my medicalresidency, and to be honest I lookedforward to the immersion into thedeep story of my congregation andto the opportunity for prayer andstudy of the vows. The reentry tofull-time work was exciting, and Ifelt that my novitiate period helpedme to integrate my call within a call.
Congregations with members
in the profession for which you are
prepared have experience working
with issues such as liability insur-
ance and ongoing educational and
licensing requirements. Vocation
ministers can put you in contact
with vowed members who have
navigated the waters ahead of you,
and these people can be valuable
resources. Organizations of profes-
sionals have annual meetings and
provide regional networking pos-
sibilities to support the integration
of professional life and religious
Vocation forms your career
A religious vocation can reshape
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