Is God calling you?

God calls each person to a life of holiness and service, whether single, married, ordained or consecrated. The Office of Vocations provides discernment opportunities, encouragement, support, education and resources for those responding to God’s call through the ministerial priesthood and religious life. We are committed to fostering an environment where vocations to the priesthood and religious life are valued and nurtured within the domestic church of the family and the local parish community.
May God’s special grace be your source of strength and may Mary, Our Mother, guide your every step. May you be Jesus’ hands and feet in our world. Amen.

 Discernment for Men

Discernment for Women

Considering a Vocation?

There are over 50 religious orders of men and women serving the people of God in the Diocese of Orlando. We invite you to learn about their religious communities here.

6 Tips to help you discern God’s call in your life:

  1. Pray every day for grace to hear God’s voice calling you.
    • Pray for the right orientation, a genuine dedication to God’s values and purposes so that these are predominant in all your life choices.
    • Prayer for the generosity and courage to give the gift of yourself and your life in some concrete way to the cause of the God’s reign.
    • Prayer for help in discerning, to know myself better and then to read clearly the various options you are contemplating (Thomas Hart).
  2. Ask a priest, brother or sister to help you during a discernment period.
  3. Contact your Diocesan Vocations Director for help: 407-246-4875.
  4. Spend time with priests/sisters/brothers in order to get to know them and allow them to know you.
  5. Ask yourself honestly if you have the qualities necessary for the particular vocation that attracts you. Get feedback from others.
  6. Take advantage of vocation retreats, spiritual books, and videos, which can fill your imagination with things of God and support your vocational discernment.

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Contact Us

Fr. Joshua Swallows
Director, Office of Vocations
(407) 246-4875
jswallows@orlandodiocese.org
Fr. Josh also serves as Chaplain for the University of Central Florida’s Catholic Campus Ministry, and for the Orlando chapter of YCP: Young Catholic Professionals.
TorresFr. Jorge Torres
Director of Seminarians
Pastor, Holy Redeemer Catholic church
(407) 246-4875
jtorres@orlandodiocese.org
Fr. Jorge Torres also serves as Adjunct Staff for the Institute for Priestly Formation serving in the Seminarians Summer Program and the Spiritual Direction Training Program for Diocesan Priests at http://priestlyformation.org.

Very Reverend Ivan Olmo
Assistant Vocations Director- Southern Deanery
Pastor, St. Mary’s Rockledge
(407) 246-4875

Fr. Mark Wajda
Assistant Vocations Director- Northern Deanery
Parochial Administrator, St. Paul’s Leesburg
(407) 246-4875

Fr. Benjamin Lehnertz
Assistant Vocations Director- Central South Deanery
Parochial Vicar, Holy Family Orlando
(407) 246-4875

Fr. Scott Circe
Assistant Vocations Director- Southern Deanery
Pastor, Holy Name of Jesus, Indialantic
(407) 246-4875

Very Reverend Tim Daly
Assistant Vocations Director- Eastern Deanery
Pastor, Basilica of St. Paul Daytona
(407) 246-4875
Fr. Luis Salazar
Assistant Vocations Director- Western Deanery
Parochial Vicar, Church of the Resurrection, Lakeland
(407) 246-4875
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Darcey Dinh
Vocations Coordinator
407-246-4875
ddinh@orlandodiocese.org