Called by God...
The word "vocation" means "to be called". God created us and calls each one of us to be holy, to be His adopted children, to be servants and love to others, and to ultimately be with Him in Heaven for all eternity. However, while these are universal calls to every person, God has created each one of us with a multitude of different gifts and talents that have an enormous potential to be fulfiled within the context of a particular lifestyle. The possible vocational lifestyles that God places before us are: ordained and religious life, married life, or single life.
Discernment is the process of actively seeking to know God’s will for our lives. If we want to know something from someone, what do we do? First, we ask them and then we listen to their reply. It works the same with God. First, you must ask and then you must listen to His reply.
We call this communication between God and us - prayer. Often, the difficult part for us is the listening, because we usually don’t hear a voice speaking to us. So we must be open and ready for Him to speak to us in other ways. This could be through other people, through events or through heartfelt reflection. God speaks to us quite often. We are not always listening.
First and foremost in your discernment is an active and disciplined prayer life. Other steps often recommended include: getting a spiritual director, reading information about all vocations, speaking with persons who are happy and active in their vocation, visiting seminaries and religious communities, and becoming involved in service to others.
Prayer is important in all vocations, not just priesthood or consecrated religious life. People in every vocation are called to communicate, talk, and listen with God. Not having prayer as an important focus point in your vocation, no matter which one that might be, is like not talking to or listening to your parents as you grew from being a baby to being an adult. It does not work.
Prayer is communicating with God, not just talking to Him. Communication involves talking and (more importantly) listening. Thus, prayer is extremely important in each vocation. It is possibly the most important part of a vocation.
Whatever way of life you will be called to it is important not to be afraid to follow God’s call and trust Him that He will be with you in this special way of life. For some people discernment takes a lot of time, but the longer time you take the more difficult it is to make a decision. So, recognising your vocation and making a life decision is based on a strong belief and trust in God.
If God is calling you to priestly and religious life and the charism of our founder Fr Francis Jordan is close to your heart, you are welcome to join us and become a Salvatorian Priest or Brother. Women are welcome to join our Salvatorian Sisters. In this ministry we serve people and proclaim Jesus as the only Saviour of the world.
If God is calling you to married or single life and you still want to actively participate in the apostolic mission of our Society we welcome you as a Lay Salvatorian. In this way you can help us to make Jesus Christ widely know and loved as Saviour of the world.
Whatever way of life you will follow, please remember us in your prayers, remember our apostolate and mission. Pray for our priests, brothers, sisters and lay Salvatorians so that we can wholeheartedly fulfil our vocation. Please pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life especially to the Salvatorian life.
Why have I become a Salvatorian?
Pope John Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata: “The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. (…) In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an "undivided" heart. Like the Apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society”.
To be a consecrated religious person means solemnly dedicate oneself to Christ with undivided heart through religious vows.
The vows most commonly used in religious communities are known as the evangelical counsels. These are vows of chastity in celibacy, poverty, and obedience.
Not everyone is ready do follow Christ in consecrated, religious life, but there are many who are called by God to know him, love him and serve him in a special and unique way. For many people these vows could be difficult to understand, but for those who fall in love with God and have heard God’s call to religious life these vows are expressions of personal love to God and others in religious community.
As Salvatorians we are fulfilling God’s call in our consecrated life with those vows in apostolic life.
Why have I become a Salvatorian?
To be Salvatorian
What does it mean to be a Salvatorian?
Salvatorian religious life is a way to live following Jesus as the Saviour of the world. To be a Salvatorian religious is to believe in life, to trust in God’s action, to be full of hope, to cultivate noble ideals, to involve everyone in the building of a better world. A Salvatorian is one who feels saved by Jesus, since he is his friend, brother, and Lord, and so wants to lead others to salvation.
Why a brother-priest-deacon?
Questions & Answers
Stages of formation
The purpose of postulancy is to be a period of preparation for novitiate during which the Society and the postulant have an opportunity to get to know each other. Consequently, the postulant and the community begin a process of mutual discernment as to whether the Saviour is calling the postulant to Salvatorian apostolic life. In order to assist the postulant and the community in this discernment, the postulant receives basic instruction in the Society's origins, history, and apostolic life.
The postulant also receives instruction and participates in programs and activities that help him to progress in his human, intellectual, and Christian formation. Additionally, the postulant begins formal Salvatorian formation by developing his capacity to live in community and to have some experience of apostolic ministry.
In order that you may be good, reliable announcers of Christ you ought
very especially to prepare yourselves now by diligent study
during the time of your training, so that you may acquire
a thorough knowledge of Catholic teaching
and may be able to proclaim it.
Father Jordan (1/02/1901)
This is the final stage of initial formation. It runs from first profession until perpetual profession for brothers (juniorates), or until ordination for the candidates for priesthood (seminarians). The primary purpose of the period in temporary vows is to continue the work begun in the novitiate and to give the religious an opportunity of developing, deepening and consolidating the basic attitudes of religious and Salvatorian life.The second fundamental purpose is to provide the member with an intellectual and practical formation which prepares him for his future life as Salvatorian in ecclesial service. The seminarian/juniorate should manifest and improve his aptitude for our way of life. He should be introduced to the apostolate and to attain human, Christian and Salvatorian maturity.
The religious in temporary profession should examine his life and conduct in the light of prayer and personal reflection in order to be able to discern more clearly between the Salvatorian life with its demands and other kinds of life. To assist the seminarian/juniorate to mature, which is indispensable if he is to make a correct choice, he will be given the opportunity of coming into contact with other environments, so that he can judge from personal knowledge what he is leaving behind and what he is choosing. Since every situation can have formative value which should be turned to profitable use, the seminarians/juniorates will take advantage of vacation periods not simply to get a deserved rest and meet their family, but also for experiences of formative value, for example, apostolic and pastoral experience according to the tradition and possibilities of each province/mission. A genuinely fraternal life is a support to emotional maturity and prepares the way for a life of consecrated celibacy. Consequently, special attention is to be given to moments of brotherly encounter and fellowship.
In this stage of initial formation, personal integration becomes all the more necessary, because the passage to a more open style of life and more absorbing study and apostolic activities involves risk of disorientation. For this reason, it is crucial that the seminarian/juniorate constantly learn to deepen his union with Christ, the Divine Saviour, according to our charism. He will achieve the integration of hearing and contemplating on God’s Word by referring everything to Jesus Christ as the center of his own life. This will demand that he faithfully maintain the daily habit of personal prayer and reading the Word, as well as daily participation in the Eucharist and community prayer, and frequent celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Strengthened by these means, the seminarian/juniorate will be able to illuminate the different situations of his life and to respond to the calls of God in daily reality.
Study is one of the most important activities at this stage of formation. The study of the human, theological and pastoral sciences is aimed at the following objectives:
- to provide a lively understanding of the world, of human beings, and of the mystery of Christ and of the Church,
- to judge situations of the world in the light of faith,
- to stir up students’ personal availability for our apostolic activities and to enable them to carry it out.