The first workshop in the formation program teaches discerners about the Universal Call to Holiness.  Prior to talking with you, your mentee will send a copy of the tasks with their responses to you. You will be able to view the tasks, with your mentees answers, and then write a brief response to their answers to each task.  Below, we have an overview of the workshop’s content, so that you have a context for your mentee’s task responses. If you would like to view the videos they watched, you can access the full workshop by selecting the “Vocations Outreach Discerner Formation” track on your Catechetical Institute dashboard.  

Your mentee has been instructed to schedule a phone call with you so that you can meet once they have completed this workshop. This conversation is a good opportunity to ask your mentee how he or she is doing with the program and the goals which they have set. If you wanted to discuss any of the task responses which they sent to you in more detail, this would also be a good opportunity to do so. 

Workshop Overview

  • God is the source of all holiness.

  • Being holy means being set apart for God and allowing Him to fill us with grace, which is His life in us.

  • Each of us is called by God to this holiness.

  • We live this universal call in a personal way: this is our personal vocation, which includes the vocation to a particular state of life (clergy, consecrated, or lay).

  • God is always calling us, and we hear that call in the beauty of creation and in the voice of our conscience.

  • At times, God’s call is a sorrowful call because of our sinful disobedience to His call. Despite this, God never stops calling and wants to draw us to Himself.

  • If the things around us are not drawing us to God, He often takes them from us so we can find them in Him.

  • The steps in responding to God’s call are:

    1. Become aware of the call and make a decision to listen and respond to it (i.e. practice the Obedience of Faith).

    2. Ask for holiness for ourselves and for others.

    3. Remember that holiness is always something we do together with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • God always gives enough grace for us to take the next step in the path towards a holy life.

  • Mary is the best example of someone who lived a holy life, that is, a life of self-giving love.