Vocare #1 was held January 3-5, 2014 with 22 attendees from the Dioceses of Central Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Atlanta. We are looking forward to Vocare #2 in 2015! Dates and location are TBD.
What is Vocare?
Vocare is a Latin word meaning “to call.”
We are often told that God has a call for each of us. But what does this really mean?
The scriptures are filled with references to the church as a people called by God. In Isaiah, the words of God’s call to Israel is couched in very personal terms: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine… you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you” (Is. 43:1,4). The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Corinth that they are “called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours” (1 Cor. 1:2). We hear that the Christian life is a pressing on “toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14); and Paul prays for the faithful, “asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Th. 1:11-12).
We are each have a vocation – a God given calling and charge – for our own lives. Each Christian is called, through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, into a life lived for Jesus Christ, and is equipped at the Holy Eucharist with the assurance of Jesus Christ’s very presence with us today as we “do the work he has given us to do – to love and to serve him as faithful witness of Christ our Lord.”
From the Vocare International Website
The Vocare Weekend
The Vocare weekend provides an intentional period of time for young adults, ages 18-30, to intentionally engage with their God-given vocations in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Led by other young adults, the Vocare weekend finds its heart in a series of twelve talks, each focusing on a unique aspect of the Christian faith and life, and each connecting to an overall consideration of the theme of God’s call to us, here and now. Talks may be followed by discussion, contemplation, worship, or any number of activities – but the weekend’s ultimate theme is found in the intentional consideration of the themes of calling and vocation.
In his book Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner writes of Vocation:
“It comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a person is called to by God. There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather then of Society, say, or the Superego, or Self-Interest. By and large a good rule for finding out is this: The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumably met requirement (a), but if your work is writing cigarette ads, the chances are you’ve missed requirement (b). On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement (b), but if most of the time you’re bored and depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed (a), but probably aren’t helping your patients much either. Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
It is our hope that the Vocare weekend serves as a catalyst for the life-long task of discerning the vocation to which God calls us – both in our lives within the church and in our lives in the larger world. We hope that Vocare provides each participant with the opportunity to thoughtfully consider where his or her own deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger.
From the Vocare International Website