The mission of the Maryknoll Vocations Ministry team is to facilitate and accompany Maryknoll prospects interested in a lifetime commitment to priesthood or brotherhood during their process of discernment for mission. During 6-8 months of formal accompaniment by a Maryknoll Vocation
Minister or an assigned Mission Promoter a prospect is invited to participate in regular encounters at least every 4-6 weeks.
During this time of discernment, he is encouraged to acquire a Spiritual Director and is led through the four steps of vocation awareness: become aware of his call to mission and ministry; gather information and investigate available options; choose what he thinks is God's will; look for confirmation of the choice he makes. Through a series of formal interviews with the Maryknoll Vocation Minister, a prospect advances in his vocation discovery. During this time, Maryknoll also has a chance to know him better and his interest in overseas mission work.
While involved in this time of vocation accompaniment, the Maryknoll prospect is also invited to attend special retreat opportunities, community encounters, and overseas immersion experiences.
Ideally, a prospective candidate should formally begin the accompaniment process on a regular basis by August of the year before he intends to apply for admittance to the Maryknoll Formation program.
Pray every day, at the very least, in the morning and at night.
Go to Mass (if possible, every day) and be sure to receive the Eucharist at Mass.
Participate at least monthly in the sacrament of reconciliation (confession).
Talk regularly (via telephone, email or in person) to a member of the Maryknoll Vocation Ministry team.
Enter Spiritual Direction with an experienced Director who has served in mission.
Make a formal commitment to service, by volunteering in some type of social ministry sponsored by your Parish community or Diocese/Archdiocese.
Read and pray with the Gospels.
Practice devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and in particular pray the Mission Rosary and ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Maryknoll.
Participate in Eucharistic adoration and Holy Hours, opening your heart before the Blessed Sacrament.
Live a life of virtue by practicing imitating Christ in both attitude and behavior.
Engage in regular spiritual reading focused upon understanding Mission Spirituality and the theology of mission: find Catholic books on discernment and/or spiritual traditions and carefully read them.
Socialize with good people, and allow this positive energy to inspire your discernment.