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The Diocese of Orange welcomes you to our Vocations website!

These pages should help you in your discernment process and allow you to prayerfully consider your path. You may ask, what is discernment.  

Discernment is the process by which you discover God’s will and plan for you. You may discern a call to the single, married, priestly, or religious life. Discernment is the way in which you come to understand how the Lord is calling and inviting you to serve Him. It enables you to distinguish God’s call from your own yearnings, the voices of your parents and friends and the distractions of today’s world.

Discernment is more than just a skill or one-time process. It is an ongoing personal and spiritual journey that allows you to discern rightly for all matters — whether they be of a spiritual or material nature. Through prayer, experience, and a strong dedication to one’s spiritual life, discernment emerges as a gift from God, leading us in the right direction.

On Priesthood:

“Evangelization is done on one’s knees, as one of you said to me the other day. Always be men and women of prayer!”

Pope Francis 

Contact Information

Vocations Office
Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 282-3033 | Email 

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