Do you feel called to live a life visibly dedicated to following Christ? Holy Orders and Religious Life are two paths dedicated to that visible representation of Christ in the world.
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” -Matthew 9:35-38
By divine institution, the sacrament of orders establishes some among the Christian faithful as sacred ministers through an indelible character which marks them. They are consecrated and designated, each according to his grade, to nourish the people of God, fulfilling in the person of Christ the Head the functions of teaching, sanctifying, and governing. -Code of Canon Law 1008
Priests are called to serve the Church as ministers and as representatives of Christ. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church has been blessed throughout the years with few priests to call her own.
If you are a man and you have the desire to make Christ the most important person in your life, please consider entering seminary at least for a couple years to find out if God will turn that desire to follow him, into a desire to serve him. If you would like to just talk about priesthood, or what God may be asking of you, please consider contacting our pastor at (608) 831-4843 or contacting the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Madison at (608) 821-3095. You can find more information on the Vocations website.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. -Matthew 19:29-30
“The religious state is thus one way of experiencing a “more intimate” consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated totally to God. In the consecrated life, Christ’s faithful, moved by the Holy Spirit, propose to follow Christ more nearly, to give themselves to God who is loved above all and, pursuing the perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom, to signify and proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church 916
Men and women seeking religious life desire to be a sign of complete love of God. By living out the evangelical counsels, also known as the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, consecrated religious show the world that something greater awaits us in heaven. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church has been fortunate to foster the vocations of many religious over the years.
If the love of God has entered your heart and consumed you, or if the world seems to need a witness of God’s salvation, you may have a calling to religious life. For questions please contact our pastor at (608) 831-4843 or the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Madison at (608) 821-3095. You can find more information on the Vocations website.