When it comes to vocations, Msgr. Vincent Gartland believes there are no degrees of holiness.

“The butcher, the baker, the parents and teacher are all called to be as holy as the priest or the nun in the cloister,” the retired priest of the Diocese says. “Each one of us in our own unique way moves toward the holiness that we are called to as a follower of Christ.”

Nov. 3-9 is National Vocation Awareness Week, an annual week-long celebration dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. 

Read about some of the 300 men and women in the Diocese of Trenton who have “moved toward holiness” by entering religious life.

Learn about the many ways the Diocese and religious communities are encouraging new members and strengthening existing bonds.

And don’t forget how innovative programs, parental encouragement and prayer all combine to boost the number and strength of vocations – for both religious and laity.

Read All About Vocations:

Called by Name an invitation to discern the priesthood

Women religious: a call to ‘live in caring for one another’

Parents supportive of their sons’ priestly calling

Lay Catholics have their own part to play in the mission of the Church