National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is is Nov. 3-9. This annual week-long event celebrates the Catholic Church in the United States and seeks to promote vocations.
During this week, students are encouraged to consider the question, “Where is God Calling you?”
The Jesuit educational principle, cura personalis, or care for the whole person, is a significant part of a Marquette education. Figuring out your life’s path and vocation may be simultaneous with your studies. Principles of discernment can be used for any decision, but often come into play particularly when considering major life decisions and vocations, including:
- Joining a religious order
- Pursuing ordination and/or living an intentional single life
- What field of study/career path to pursue
These decisions, which often relate to the core of our being and identity, are vocational decisions — decisions related to our vocation, or call.
Campus Ministry, the Jesuit Community and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee offer specialized resources for students discerning state of life questions, particularly those discerning marriage and religious life. Learn more online.
For more information, contact Sara Knutson, assistant director of Campus Ministry.
NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which fell on Jan. 13 in 2013. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November.