"... Know the God of your father, and serve him with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought."
1 Chronicles 28: 9

Pray daily for our priests and deacons.
Monthly calendar available here.



What is a Vocation?

God calls us to service in many ways:

  • Single life
  • Married life
  • Diocesan priest
  • Religious priest
  • Permanent diaconate
  • Consecrated life

Vocation Talk:

Fr. Patrick O'Neill of St. Joseph's Parish, North Sydney, shares his personal story of discerning his vocation.






Discernment is the process through which we can hear, understand, and embrace God's call for us. Our diocese offers services, programs, and referrals to help discern or follow God's call.

Those who serve our diocese in the fulfillment of God's call are greatly appreciated for the diversity and volume of work they do at the parish, deanery, and diocesan levels. Our Priest Vocation Committee supports the exploration and journey of young men in our diocese to the priesthood. Our Vocation Awareness and Appreciation Committee honours, promotes, and supports the various vocations at work in our diocese.



Want to know more? Your parish priest is an ideal source of information and guidance. For parish listings, click here. Other resources: 

Fostering Vocations

The ABCS of Fostering Vocations is among several good web resources for parents to introduce and discuss vocations with their children. For example:

A: Answer your children's questions honestly
B: Bring your family to an ordination mass
C: Cultivate an arttitude of service

Connect to the complete list here

Related links:

Seven Ways Families Can Foster Vocations, from Vianney Vocations.com

Ideas for Fostering Vocations, from
The Practicing Catholic.com


Priest Vocation Committee
Bishop Brian Dunn
Rev. Daniel James MacDonald, Chair
Rev. Dennis Lamey
Rev. Martin MacDougall
Rev. Gary MacPherson
Rev. Allan MacPhie
Rev. Patrick O'Neill


Vocations Awareness and Appreciation

Bishop Brian Dunn
Cecile Miller, co-chair
Rev. Daniel James MacDonald
Sr. Ellen Donovan, sc
Basil Ludlow
Joan MacDonald
Rev. Mr. Lorne MacNeil
Enis Moss
Minnie Van de Weil


Single and Married Life

Diocesan or Religious Priesthood
There are events, retreats, and individual support to assist with your discernment.
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AntigonishVocations

Permanent Diaconate
This is a program of study and discernment for single men or married men and their spouses, leading to ordination as a Deacon. See our Permanent Diaconate page for more information.

Consecrated Life
Our diocese is served by several religious communities, each of which has played a vital role in developing and delivering essential services for our region.
Visit our Religious Communities page for more information.