The University Catholic Center seeks to equip Catholic students at UT Austin with the tools to understand their baptismal call to holiness and to provide them with opportunities to discern their career and life choices through the theological lens of vocation (i.e., within the context of their relationship with God). By “vocation,” we mean one’s state in life, understood as a call from God (in Latin, vocatio) to a gift of self in service to God and others, whether in marriage, the ordained or consecrated religious life, or single life.
Father of mercy, who gave your Son for our salvation and who strengthens us always with the gifts of your Spirit, grant us Christian communities which are alive, fervent and joyous, which are fonts of fraternal life, and which nurture in the young the desire to consecrate themselves to you and to the work of evangelisation. Sustain these communities in their commitment to offer appropriate vocational catechesis and ways of proceeding towards each one’s particular consecration. Grant the wisdom needed for vocational discernment, so that in all things the greatness of your merciful love may shine forth. May Mary, Mother and guide of Jesus, intercede for each Christian community, so that, made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, it may be a source of true vocations for the service of the holy People of God.
Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2016