Why is vocation so important?
We believe vocation is a central Christian belief: that God calls each person. But the concept of calling needs to be rediscovered and renewed for the church today. Read more about the theology of vocation we are developing in the Collegeville Institute Seminars.
How can my congregation use your work?
Check out our resources for congregations, including: a new project on vocation, two free small group programs, a video story-telling collection, and books on calling.
Program Director, Collegeville Institute Seminars
Kathleen A. Cahalan Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and Director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars. She co-edited two volumes from the project: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons (2017) and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives (2016). She has also authored books for a broad church audience, including Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us (2017) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (2015). In addition, Dr. Cahalan directs the coordination of the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative, begun in 2018.
Program Director, Communities of Calling Initiative
Laura Kelly Fanucci is Program Director of the Communities of Calling Initiative. She received her Master of Divinity from Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Laura is the author of several books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014), winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Association Award, and To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation (Wipf & Stock, 2017). Laura previously served as Research Associate of the Collegeville Institute Seminars for 8 years. She and her husband Franco are the parents of four sons.
Program Associate, Communities of Calling Initiative and Collegeville Institute Seminars
Jessie Bazan is the Program Associate for the Communities of Calling Initiative and the Collegeville Institute Seminars. Jessie Bazan earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University. In addition to her work with the Collegeville Institute, Jessie serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Saint John’s University, where she teaches a course on Benedictine spirituality, as well as the Outreach Coordinator for the Saint John’s Abbey Vocations team. She also writes regularly for U.S. Catholic magazine.
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