At the sight of the crowds, Jesus’ heart was moved with compassion for them…Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the labors are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’”
This passage from Matthew 9:36-38 is a familiar reminder to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, but have you ever stopped to consider more deeply what it means that Jesus’ heart was “moved with compassion” and that this led to his plea for prayer? This stirring within the heart of the Savior compelled him to ask his disciples to pray for vocations. And how tremendous any stirring within the Sacred Heart must be!
Welcome to Austinvocations.com. This resource was developed to help respond to this stirring plea from the Heart of Christ. In its pages you’ll find information about priesthood and consecrated life in the Diocese of Austin, tools for prayer and discernment, and pages that introduce you to our seminarians in priestly formation.
This is a great time to be a priest or consecrated sister or brother! The Diocese of Austin is building a culture of vocations. Every vocation is discovered through the encounter with Jesus Christ. Our goal is that of Pope Benedict XVI when he said, “It is essential that every local Church become more sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations, helping children and young people in particular at every level of family, parish and associations – as Jesus did with his disciples – to grow into a genuine and affectionate friendship with the Lord, cultivated through personal and liturgical prayer; to grow in familiarity with the sacred Scriptures and thus to listen attentively and fruitfully to the word of God; to understand that entering into God’s will does not crush or destroy a person, but instead leads to the discovery of the deepest truth about ourselves; and finally to be generous and fraternal in relationships with others, since it is only in being open to the love of God that we discover true joy and the fulfillment of our aspirations.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations