Have you ever wondered ‘What is my life for?’

Each one of us wonders, at some point or another, what exactly it is we should do with our lives. We might think of this as a ‘vocation’.

The word vocation simply means to call or to summons. Many people feel drawn to a particular job or career, and describe this as a ‘call’.

  • What are you looking for?
  • What do you really want in life?
  • What are your greatest hopes and desires?
  • What is a life for?

Do you think you might be called to be a deacon or a priest?

Why don’t you think about doing something different with your life?

Perhaps you could consider

  • helping those who are in most need
  • inspiring young people through school chaplaincy or university chaplaincy
  • journeying with those who are sick and suffering through hospital visiting
  • serving in a parish
  • military and defence force chaplaincy or
  • police chaplaincy

There are many other possibilities!

A message from Bishop Garry

Bishop Garry with ordinands Nay Htoo Khin, Cheryl Haines, Christine Angus and Netta Hill. (April 2018)

It is not always easy to decide how best to use the gifts, abilities and interests planted in each human heart. Sometimes the way forward seems foggy and uncertain. But I am sure that in every age God calls young men and women to serve as leaders in the Church. Some will be parish priests, and others will have specialised ministries, like hospital or prison chaplains, or academic or teaching roles. Everyone called to this sort of leadership needs to have an enquiring mind, a longing to see the best in and for other people, and a confident faith. They also need a great deal of common sense, a good sense of humour and the ability to work across the age range.

Perhaps you should consider whether God is calling you to serve as a deacon or priest?

+ Garry Weatherill
Bishop of Ballarat

Would you like more information?

Put out Into the Deep (Luke 5:4)

Read about the different pathways to ordination available in the Diocese of Ballarat in our new document: Put out into the Deep – Pathways to Ordained Ministry.

or speak to our Director of Vocations:

The Very Reverend Michael Davies
0417 650 805

Or a member of the Vocations Team:

Robyn Pierce

Professional Standards 

1800 377 842 [1800 DPS VIC].

A Director of Professional Standards has been appointed to respond to all complaints of abuse by clergy and Church workers.

Episcopal Standards 

1800 997 747.

Episcopal Standards complaints may be made against the Bishop of a Diocese. This is different to a Professional Standards complaint.