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Universal Call to Holiness

The Lord Jesus, the divine Teacher and Model of all perfection, preached holiness of life to each and everyone of His disciples of every condition. He Himself stands as the author and consumator of this holiness of life: "Be you therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect."

Thus it is evident to everyone, that all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity; by this holiness as such a more human manner of living is promoted in this earthly society. In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly as they have received it, as a gift from Christ. They must follow in His footsteps and conform themselves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history.

The classes and duties of life are many, but holiness is one—that sanctity which is cultivated by all who are moved by the Spirit of God, and who obey the voice of the Father and worship God the Father in spirit and in truth.

(cf. Lumen Gentium, 39-42).

The Various Vocations

There are diverse ways of seeking holiness within the Church.

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Marriage & Family LIfe

Holy Matrimony is a sacrament at the service of communion and mission because it is ordered to the building up of the Family of God through the union of spouses and the procreation of children. It is a sacrament that God has blessed so that husband and wife can help each other and their children get to heaven through their daily life of love and sacrifice for one another.

Resources

For Your Marriage

Church Documents

Familiaris Consortio
Amoris Laetitia
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Diocesan Priesthood

A diocesan priest is a man who has been called to be configured to the Person of Christ and to offer the People of God the sacraments of the Church in the local Church of his diocese. He promises a life of simplicity, celibacy, and obedience to the local bishop and to his successor.

Resources

Detroit Priest

Church Documents

Presbyterorum Ordinis

Contact

If are interested in learning more about diocesan priesthood, feel free to contact:

Fr. Joe Horn
313-237-5875
vocations@aod.org
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Permanent Deacons

The deacon is a man of faith called by the Church to serve God and God's people as an official representative of the Church. He assists the bishop and priests in performing sacraments, the proclamation of the Gospel, and by dedicating himself to charity.

Resources

Detroit Diaconate

Church Documents

Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem

Consecrated Life

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Religious Priesthood

A religious priest is a man who has been called to be configured to the Person of Christ and to offer the People of God the sacraments of the Church. He is consecrated to God by promising or vowing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience in imitation of the life of Christ who was poor, chaste, and obedient. A religious priest is called to live in a community of brother priests who live out a specific charism, service, and spirituality according to the founder of their community.

Resources

SOLT

Church Documents

Vita Consecrata
Presbyterorum Ordinis

Contact

If are interested in learning more about religious priesthood with SOLT, feel free to contact:

Fr. Mark Wendling, SOLT
361-767-9567
vocations@gmail.com
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Religious Brotherhood

A religious brother is consecrated to God by promising or vowing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience in imitation of  Christ who was poor, chaste, and obedient. He is called to be a brother to all people in imitation of Christ, the universal Brother. A religious brother is called to live in a community of brothers and/or priests who live out a specific charism, service, and spirituality according to the founder of their community.

Resources

SOLT

Church Documents

Vita Consecrata
Identity and Mission of the Religious Brother in the Church

Contact

If are interested in learning more about religious priesthood with SOLT, feel free to contact:

Fr. Mark Wendling, SOLT
361-767-9567
vocations@gmail.com
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Religious Sisterhood

A religious sister is consecrated as a spouse of Christ by vowing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience to God. A religious sister is called to live in a community of sisters who live out a specific charism, service, and spirituality according to the founder of their community.

Resources

SOLT

Church Documents

Vita Consecrata

Contact

If are interested in learning more about religious sisterhood with SOLT, feel free to contact:

Sr. Kateri, SOLT
313-209-2065
srkaterimarie@gmail.com
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Consecrated Virgins

Through a vow of perpetual chastity as a sign of the Kingdom of God, consecrated virgins consecrate their state of life in order to devote themselves to prayer and the service of the Church.

Church Documents

Vita Consecrata
Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago
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Consecrated Widows

After the death of their spouse, a widow, through a vow of perpetual chastity as a sign of the Kingdom of God, consecrates their state of life in order to devote themselves to prayer and the service of the Church.

Resources

SOLT

Church Documents

Vita Consecrata