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I have introduced the Catholic Single Vocation as a place to support and celebrate men and women who have chosen to live a single vocation in the Catholic Church. Follow the “About” link above to see a list of objectives that will guide contributions to this site. In coming months, at least seven topic areas will be developed under the list of categories on the right side of the page. These topic areas include:

  1. Single Vocation – general issues related to living a Catholic Single Vocation.
  2. Prayer – prayers that are particularly relevant for single people.
  3. Saints and Role Models – stories of single people who have been living examples of how to live the Catholic Single Vocation.
  4. Stewardship – options and suggestions for social justice.
  5. Support – stories of what men and women are doing to support each other’s Catholic Single Vocation.
  6. Events – upcoming conferences, events and retreats related to the Catholic Single Vocation.
  7. Commitment – ways that men and women can extend and/or consecrate their single vocation commitment to God.

Additional topic areas may be developed as well. If there is something else that you would like to know about, please let me know!

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The Catholic Church recognizes three paths for how human beings can choose to live their life: marriage, religious life, and single life. Marriage, one of the most frequently chosen paths for knowing and expressing the love of God, is consecrated in the Catholic Church through the sacrament of matrimony. Ideally, marriage vows are regularly nurtured by the couple, and recognized yearly with anniversary celebrations. 

The religious vocation includes priests who commit themselves to the church, and brothers and sisters who commit themselves to God in a religious community. For priests, their vows are consecrated in the church through the sacrament of ordination. Other religious make perpetual vows to God and their community on a yearly basis after years of discernment and preparation. Like married couples, religious members devote considerable time to nurturing their commitment to God, and they recognize their vows on a yearly basis with jubilee celebrations.

Unlike married and religious vocations, the single vocation does not have a special sacrament or yearly celebration. Often, the single vocation is disparaged as “left over” when marriage or religious life doesn’t work out. While the church acknowleges and is certainly concerned for the single vocation, rarely does the Catholic single vocation receive the attention, support and celebration that the other vocational paths receive. Even many Catholic Single groups and websites exist to help singles discern a religious vocation and/or to meet their future spouse, rather than celebrating and supporting the single vocation as a viable life choice.

In contrast, the purpose of this website is to celebrate and support the Catholic who has chosen the single vocation as the best and most joyful and fulfilling way to know and love God in the Catholic Church.

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