Are You Being Called?

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Through our baptism, we are called to a life of holiness. God calls each of us to live this holiness through a vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life. Some married men receive an additional calling to the permanent diaconate. Are you discerning your vocation? Do you know where God is calling you?

This page offers resources to help with your discernment of a religious vocation. Have you ever considered such a calling for your life? Come and see what priesthood, religious life and permanent diaconate offers. What you learn might surprise you.


The Office of Vocations and Seminarians aids in the discernment process of those who are interested in a vocation to diocesan priesthood as well as those who have already entered a formation program. If you would like to talk with someone about becoming a priest, contact Msgr. Scott Friend at (501) 664-0340. For more information, see the following resources:

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Religious Life

Men and women serve as religious priests, brothers and sisters in a wide variety of religious orders in Arkansas. If you are discerning the religious life and want information about the orders serving in the Diocese of Little Rock, visit the Religious Order Directory. For more information, contact Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, diocesan minister for religious, at (501) 664-0340. For more information, see the following resources:

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Permanent Diaconate

Permanent deacons assist the bishop and his priests in the celebration of Mass, the distribution of the Eucharist and by proclaiming the Gospel, preaching homilies, presiding over marriages and funerals, and through serving in various ministries and charities, both in the Church and the community. 

The Diocese of Little Rock offers a four-year bilingual, permanent diaconate formation program. The last class was ordained in 2012. At this time, no diaconate formation is taking place. However, if you would like to speak to someone about when the next class would begin, contact the Minister to Deacons Office at (501) 664-0340. For more information, see the following resources:

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All Are Called

What about Single Life?

There are a lot of opinions about what the single life means in the Catholic Church, but there is no question that God is calling single people to a deeper faith and witness in the world. For more information, visit Single Life Resources.

Daily Prayer For you

Diocese of Little Rock
Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father, remind us that when we pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” we commit ourselves to do your will, whatever that may be.

Free us from the temptation to do our own will rather than your will!

Give those you call to the priesthood and religious life the courage to embrace your will with generosity and self-sacrificing love.

Remove their fears and fill our hearts with gratitude that despite our unworthiness, you would entrust to them a role so great and necessary in your plan of salvation. Amen.

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor
June 2011