What is vocation?

  • (noun): The particular occupation for which you are trained.
    Synonyms: career, calling
    See also — Additional definitions below


A vocation (Latin vocātiō - a call, summons) is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which he or she is suited, trained, or qualified. Though now often used in non-religious contexts, the meanings of the term originated in Christianity.

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Vocation - Literary Clarification
... have attempted to define or clarify the term vocation ... States of the Christian life and vocation, according to the doctors and theologians of the Church A Theology of the Laity by Hendrik Kraemer ISBN 978-1-57383-031-7 The Fabric of this World by Lee ... by Donald Attwater 1959 Luther on Vocation by Gustaf Wingren 1957 God at Work Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Edward Veith, Jr ...
Arranged Marriage - Factors Considered in Matchmaking
... Vocation For a groom, the profession of doctor, accountant, lawyer or engineer are traditionally valued as excellent spouse material ... Vocation is less important for a bride but it is not uncommon for two people of the same vocation to be matched ... Some preferred vocations for a bride include the profession of teacher, doctor, or lawyer ...
Belgian Vocation Foundation
... The Belgian Vocation Foundation is a Belgian non-profit organization, founded on 23 November 1963 by the Belgian industrialist Emile Bernheim ... The foundation provides support to young people with a vocation, but who can not complete their education by lack of financial resources ...
Laura Vicuña - Biography - Vocation
... her First Communion on June 2, 1901 at this time she expressed her vocation of love towards God, her desire to serve the poor and needy, and also to die sinless ...
Michael Seed - Vocation
... Seed struck up a relationship with the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement (the Society of the Atonement) who ran a library close to Westminster Cathedral and eventually left his missionary society and joined the Franciscans, taking his first vows in 1982 ... He was ordained a priest on 18 January 1986 and, in 1988, Cardinal Basil Hume assigned him the post of Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs at Westminster Cathedral ...

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    Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
    Mother Teresa (b. 1910)

    Men are born to write. The gardener saves every slip, and seed, and peach-stone: his vocation is to be a planter of plants. Not less does the writer attend his affair. Whatever he beholds or experiences, comes to him as a model, and sits for its picture. He counts it all nonsense that they say, that some things are undescribable. He believes that all that can be thought can be written, first or last; and he would report the Holy Ghost, or attempt it.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Writing is not a profession, but a vocation of unhappiness.
    Georges Simenon (1903–1985)