Under the guidance of Rev Fr Israel Quirit, Vocations Director, the Archdiocesan Vocations Office has recently created and launched a refreshed look and messaging to reflect its soon-to-be-launched three-year Strategic Plan.
The aim of the new website is to enhance the reach, support and engagement with all members of the community who are searching for ways to act on their calling from God.
One way to communicate this support is through a new Vocations website, in addition to collaborating with parishes, agencies and the Catholic community to provide Vocations assistance.
As such, the website – along with Perth Vocations’ “Life to the Full” messaging was shared for the first time at the Unite Youth Rally event on Friday 25 August at the University of Notre Dame.
A commitment to cultivate a culture of Vocations
Fr Israel shared the Vocations Office commitment to support anyone’s unique call from God to love and care for others.
“As Pope Francis says: ‘No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.’ (Pope Francis on the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations),” Fr Israel said.
“Our commitment to cultivate a culture of vocation is based on Jesus’ mandate to ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations’ (Mt 28:19) and ‘Do this in remembrance of me’ (Lk 22:19; cf. 1 Cor 11:24).”
“However, to fulfill Jesus’ mandate, we need all the faithful to nurture God’s call through their prayers and encouragement; so that every person may have the courage to say Yes to wherever God is calling them to be – married life, single blessedness, religious life, or the ordained ministry.”
“We have subtly given importance to all types of vocations, hoping to cast the net of God’s vineyard as wide as possible and to encourage all people to take part in the nurturing and in cultivating the culture of vocations in every family and parish community.”
“This important shift in orientation, I hope and pray, will lead to a journey, not taken alone, but a journey taken together as the People of God.”
The website will continue to be updated with more resources and with events we will hold and be part of.
Fr Israel and the team at the Vocations Office welcome any feedback and/or comments to improve the website.
In addition, we also welcome invitations to be part of your events, programs or community outreach where the Vocations Office can help support anyone seeking a mature relationship with Christ, particularly those who are suitable for the priesthood/ordained ministry or religious life.
The new website is available at https://vocations.perthcatholic.org.au/