Vocation Blog

THE CALL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CONSIDER A VOCATION may sometimes be a gentle voice stirring the soul or a personal longing in our hearts. It may be the urging of friends or spouses. It can also find birth in the invitation of pastors, deacons and parish leaders to pursue such an inquiry. No matter the source of our questions, each of us needs to be affirmed and encouraged to bring a call to a vocation to prayerful discernment.

The Institute for Diaconal Studies (IDS) invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session. It is a time to pray, discuss, and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue.

Please join us, with your wives, if married, as we explore the potential of a vocation, engage in dialogue and pray in search of the next step. All are welcome to attend any of the sessions. No registration required.


Oct. 12, 2016 St. Cajetan, Chicago (Vicariate V), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial Hall (School Basement)


Nov. 9, 2016 St. Pascal, Chicago (Vicariate IV), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Neckerman Room (Rectory)


Jan. 17, 2017 SS. Cyril & Methodius, Lemont (Vicariate V), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Sivore Hall (School Basement)


Jan. 24, 2017 St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago (Vicariate VI), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Parish Hall


Feb. 26, 2017 St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield (Vicariate II), following 11:45 a.m. Mass

Location: St. John Paul II Room


Mar. 2, 2017 Vicar for Deacons Office, Forest Park, 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Bernadine (816 Marengo Avenue)


Mar. 21, 2017 St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood (Vicariate I), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Parish Center


Mar. 30, 2017 St. Aloysius, Chicago (Vicariate III), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Gonzaga Hall (1510 N. Claremont Ave.)


Apr. 6, 2017 University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (Vicariate I), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Prist Center (Building 201P)


Apr. 21, 2017 University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (Vicariate I), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Prist Center (Building 201P)


For more information contact Deacon Bob Puhala, bpuhala@usml.edu or 847.837.4564 or visit us at www.usml.edu.

Application Deadline for 2017 - 2018 Aspirancy Path is May 1, 2017.

Regretfully, the Institute for Diaconate Studies (IDS) cannot accept late applications for the upcoming year.







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