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Young Adult Evangelization & Discipleship Contact:

Wayne Topp
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100 E. Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2193
Phone: (513) 421-3131
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Vocation and Discernment

“Vocation is where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”           
                                                                       –Frederick Buechner

Vocation discernment is about finding our place in life, where God is calling us to be. It is about discovering who we are as children of God, and living out our lives in a way which fulfills and sustains us. It may involve priesthood, religious life, being married or single, but it goes beyond that. It leads us to the place in this world where God can make the most of the unique combination of gifts we have been given. It also leads us to the place of most fulfillment and peace.  Below are just a few links that may help you in your discernment process.

For assistance with discernment in general, we have a list of books on discernment in our resources section. helpful.  You may also find this website helpful:

The Archdiocesan Vocations Office is here to help you learn more about the different ways of living out a religious vocation within the Church–through the diocesan priesthood or in different religious orders for men and women. Please start at our Archdiocesan Vocations page. If you believe you may be interested in exploring life specifically as a priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, get more information from our Archdiocesan Vocation Office.

To do your own investigating about hundreds of religious communities, as well as their many retreat, discernment, service and educations opportunities throughout the U.S., check out

Another a good online resource to both religious and lay ministries is

Finally, don’t forget our Volunteer Opportunities page. Often getting involved in service as a volunteer leads to the discovery of a full time vocation.