How to Discern If God Is Calling You to Be a Home Missionary

Our recommendation: Get to know God and yourself better. Get to know the people of the home missions. And let Glenmary get to know you.

Times Changes...Needs Don'tGet to know God better. Continue to be active in your local church community. Pray and read the Bible daily. Go to Mass as often as possible. And, finally, seek out a spiritual director—someone to meet with monthly to talk about how God is present in your life.

This will also help you get to know yourself better. Other ways to do this involve keeping a daily journal with reflections each night on what has happened that day. Your journal may include spiritual reflections, mundane thoughts, even your struggles with your darker, more sinful moments. Since your journal is private and for no one but you to see, it provides a place for an honest look at the real you—not some public image of yourself.

Get to know the people of the missions and to let Glenmary get to know you. We recommend several experiences:

  • A visit. Fly, drive or take a bus to a convenient location for you and the vocation director to meet. This may be at your school, your home or in a Glenmary mission near you-or at our headquarters in Cincinnati. This first visit usually lasts no more than a few hours or a day.
  • A mission trip. Throughout the year Glenmary offers various mission trips which can be a long weekend or an entire week. These trips usually involve visiting three or more Glenmary missions and are an opportunity to meet Glenmarians and the people we serve as well as to learn firsthand about the many needs awaiting new missioners.
  • A mission placement. A mission placement can be as short as two weeks or as long as a month or more. It involves living and working in a mission setting and is a great way to learn more about Glenmary-and for Glenmary to get to know you. By sharing in the daily experience of mission life with Glenmarians, you can begin to test your abilities while contributing to the work of Glenmary. (A mission placement requires advance planning on everyone's part.)
  • A discernment retreat. The week-long retreat is held once or twice a year in one of our missions for men discerning a call to mission life. The retreat explores the themes of mission life, priesthood, brotherhood, poverty, chastity and obedience. A visit, mission trip or placement are filled with activity; in contrast, the retreat provides a setting where quiet and prayer are the primary focus.

If any of these experiences sound intriguing, contact the Vocation Office at 513-881-7411.