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A Vocation is a Gift You Receive, Not Something Created or Earned

Last edited 3rd August 2015

A Vocation is a Gift You Receive, Not Something Created or Earned

On the eve of his ordination as a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on 15 August, Deacon Lewi Barakat encourages every young Catholic to seriously pray and discern the call to consecrated life.

"Don't be afraid to take that first step in faith and to open yourself up to God," he says. "A vocation is a gift you receive. It is not something created or earned. It has to be offered and if it is offered, you have to be listening and open to God."

As dioceses across Australia celebrate National Vocations Week, the 31-year-old admits that unlike a large number of seminarians and priests, he did not think about the possibility of a priestly vocation until he was in his 20s. Visit this article for his story!


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