“Put your trust in Christ, and following His example, always act humbly, graciously, and in good faith.” St. Vincent de Paul, 4 December, 1650
The discovery of one’s vocation is often gradual, as life unfolds. As it occurred in the life of Vincent, God works through the people and events in one’s life often in spontaneous ways. Through prayer, discernment, and dialogue, one discovers the plan of God in the daily activities of life. Discovering a call is challenging and rewarding. It leads one to willingly explore a new way of life and enter into an adventure of actively seek God’s plan.
Discovering one’s true vocation is the task of every follower of Jesus Christ. Yet, there are distinctive paths: single life, married life, or that of a priest, brother, or religious sister. In the words of a contemporary spiritual author, the path of discovery of a vocation is the place where “your deep gladness and the world’s great hunger meet.” (Frederick Buechner)
In discovering a vocation to the Vincentians, we seek young men with a desire to pray, live, and work together in community. We are a ‘community for mission’ and draw strength from a common life and ministries we share. St. Vincent’s call for us to minister to the marginalized in society directs our efforts in a variety of ministries and settings.
“Prayer is the great book for a preacher; in prayer you will learn those divine truths in the Eternal Word, who is their source, and you in turn will pour them forth upon his people.” –St. Vincent de Paul May, 1658
Formation encompasses the human, spiritual, pastoral, and intellectual aspects that are needed for active ministry in the Church today as a Vincentian priest or brother.
Our formation programs include a residential college seminary, a novitiate (also called the “internal seminary’), and a residence for vowed seminarians studying theology. At all levels of formation, there is a strong emphasis on developing one’s identity as a Vincentian, becoming familiar with the ministries of the Congregation, and learning to pray, and live together as disciples of Jesus and sons of St. Vincent.
The “pillars of community life” that bind us together are prayer, ministry, fraternal support, and the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability. All these ‘pillars” help strengthen us to better serve the Church and advance the Vincentian charism.