Download the guide to follow the Vocation Week 2021, prepared by the General Secretariat for Vocations and Youth.
As every year, the Order of Augustinian Recollects will celebrate Vocation Week throughout the world to pray for vocations, as well as to discern the meaning that God wants to give to one’s life. The General Secretariat for Vocations and Youth, which organizes this special week, makes available a series of liturgical, pedagogical and pastoral materials, which can be used in the various ministries of the Order, within the framework of the vocation week of this year 2021.
In the first place, there is a series of liturgical forms for each of the days of the week, praying especially for the different vocations in the Church. There is also a lectio divina and a vocational Holy Hour. Secondly, there are three Augustinian catecheses on the search. Finally, an Augustinian path for vocational discernment is proposed.
On this occasion, Vocation Week will revolve around the year’s guideline: Creators of spaces for dialogue with the world and contemporary culture, summarized in Dialogue, Search and Culture. Dialogue in the process of vocational accompaniment allows for an integral knowledge of the young person who aspires to be an Augustinian Recollect. Only from dialogue is trust generated and spaces of profound discernment are opened. In second place is the search. It is one of the most outstanding aspects of Augustinian Recollect spirituality. It speaks to us of restlessness, of dynamism, of interiority. Culture speaks to us of encounter, of building bridges, of opening ourselves to the diversity of people and contexts in which we live.
The Order of Augustinian Recollects is in itself, a set of cultures reflected in the faces of religious coming from so many places in the world, languages and customs, which make the Augustinian Recollect charism a dynamic and not a static element. In this sense, the companion pedagogically leads the companion to the experience of living in community, immersed in the culture of today’s world, but without losing the foundational identity. Dialogue with today’s culture, so diverse in its forms and elements, is a great opportunity to help the Augustinian Recollect aspirant to discover clear signs of vocation there as well.