Vocations

Discerning your vocation

A Jesuit vocation is about living the Gospel message fully, generously, and even heroically. It is about giving everything for the greater glory of God.

Jesuits strive to live as Jesus did, answering his call to serve others and working to build a just world. Do you have a desire to use your gifts and talents in the service of God? Does the idea of living out your faith at the frontiers of our world – both spiritual and physical – excite you? Perhaps you are being called to Jesuit life.

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Australian Jesuit scholastic Alan Wong SJ on a teaching placement in China.

Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, who was superior of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, said the Jesuit vocation is about living the Gospel message fully, generously, and even heroically. It is about giving everything for the greater glory of God. He writes:

‘Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.’

A Jesuit vocation

Fr Justin Glyn SJ was ordained in 2016. Born in South Africa, he has a doctorate in law, and worked as a corporate lawyer before joining the Society in 2009.

Justin says his vocation grew from an understanding that religious life was not something divorced from the everyday, but something tightly interwoven with it.

‘God doesn’t actually call on little bits of me. He calls me to give what I have. Whether it be presiding at the altar, or whether it be writing, or whether it be singing — all of these things I see as being part of a life I’m called to use.’