Vocations… An Authentic Response to God’s Call


A vocation is an invitation from God to live one’s life in a certain manner. By virtue pf being anointed at Baptism we are invited to live as members of the body of Christ and to share in His role as priest, prophet, and king. Through the sacrament of Confirmation, we receive the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the gift of Counsel. This gift helps you find the best way you can serve God, given your particular gifts, talents, strengths and weaknesses.

The vocation of Marist Brotherhood is to “Make Jesus known and loved." It involves adopting a practical community lifestyle that looks to Mary as our model. The Marist mission centers around the Christian education of youth with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of those that are least favored.

There are many ways to share your love with the world, and there are a variety of ways to discover your vocation. In general, discerning a vocation involves prayer and reflection on how God has spoken to you through your experiences and through the people in your life.

If you are interested in exploring whether you might have the vocation to be a Marist Brother or a Marist Sister, we encourage you to take the time to get to know us and consider what God is asking of you. We can also assist you if you feel that you are being called to serve the Church as a Priest, Deacon, a vowed Religious of another order, or a Layperson.

People you should know…

Brother Al Rivera, FMS and Brother Brian Poulin, FMS; Marist Brothers Vocation Directors

Brother Hank Hammer, FMS; President, Marist High School

Brother Sam Amos, FMS; Religious Studies Department, Marist High School

Brother Luis Ramos, FMS; Religious Studies Department, Marist High School

Deacon Andrew Neu; Chaplain, Marist High School

CAVA, Chicago Archdiocesan Vocations Association

Archdiocese of Chicago, Vocations Office

Archdiocese of Chicago, Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office