A vocation is a precious gift. It’s a sign God has chosen you in a more particular way to assist in salvation – to heroically sacrifice your time and energy to make the world a better place through prayer, love and charity.
A vocation may begin with an affinity for religious places, an interest in knowing more about the faith, a sense of comfort and peace while attending Mass, or simply a longing to be closer to God.
We frequently ask ourselves, “what should I do with my life?” The more relevant question is, “what does Jesus want for me?” When God speaks, he does so quietly and persistently; he waits patiently for a response. It is a great privilege to be among those who are called, and we must discern carefully.
We offer two classes a year that each require a six month commitment. The first class goes from Jan-June and the second from July-December.
Next class offered will begin with training January 10 - 13, 2019.
Deadline for application: November 19, 2019
We are now taking applications!
If you feel you have a vocation and have already been accepted by a diocese or religious order, but are unable to enter because of outstanding student loans, see if we can help!
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For commonly asked questions about becoming a Labouré aspirant, click here>
You can contact us today at 651.212.4977.
Aids to Discernment
Listen with Humility
It is important to set aside time each day to speak with God and to listen quietly. Our questions and requests – “what do you want of me, Lord,” “please give me the wisdom to discern your will,” “instill in me the courage and strength needed to follow you” – must be presented in a spirit of humility and openness.
Read Catholic Texts
Immerse yourself in the Bible; get to know the Lives of the Saints and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Understand that biblical and historical figures called to a priestly or religious life also struggled with uncertainty, hesitation, and fear. Through thoughtful reading, it becomes clear the saints bore little resemblance to their plaster statues; they were every bit as passionate and as flawed as we are.
Communicate your Feelings
Ask your priest to recommend a spiritual director to assist in your discernment; join a prayer or bible study group; get involved in parish and other religious activities. When you share your calling with others — especially those who have experience with discernment — the flower of your calling begins to unfold.
Reflect and Connect
Carefully consider your interests and aspirations. What are you passionate about? What makes you feel closest to God? Does the life of a priest or religious appeal to you? Do research to learn more about your diocese or various religious orders. If something seems like a good fit, call and request a meeting. Many orders and dioceses also conduct regular retreats and discernment events where individuals can interact with priests, sisters and brothers.
Accept His Will
In the Gospel of Saint John, Christ says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (Jn 15:16). When you open yourself up to God’s plan, you are in essence saying “not my will but your will be done.” Giving ourselves to God requires courage, but in doing so we understand that surrendering to His will brings true and everlasting peace.
Labouré & Your Discernment
At Labouré we recognize that discerning a vocation is a complex and beautiful adventure, not a straight path from start to finish. If you have reached the point in your own discernment where you have been ‘conditionally accepted’ – meaning that you will be allowed to enter formation upon the removal of your student loans – to a diocese or religious community, Labouré may be able to help.
The Labouré Society exists to help men and women follow God’s call to enter formation and pursue their vocation. We do this by offering a proven program that remediates the number one obstacle to vocations: student loan debt. If student loan debt is an obstacle for you as you discern a vocation, please reach out to us.
The Labouré aspirant program, while not a formal part of religious formation, is certainly a formative experience that will better prepare you for your vocation. However, we are not in the business of discernment. Throughout our program we will be there to pray for you and with you to encourage you. We will accompany you throughout the program but we leave the vocational discernment between you and your religious institution. If you have specific questions about the discernment process, we suggest that you talk with your vocation or spiritual director for guidance.