A Sacrament of Vocation and Service

“Here I am,” I said; “sent me!” – Isaiah 6:8

Since the time of the apostles, Christ has personally called men and women to dedicate their lives in service to Christ and his Church as priests, sisters, and brothers.​ These callings are precious gifts that every Christian should consider and be open to receiving! Priests and religious are consecrated as signs to the world of the joy-filled communion with God for which we are all made.

Are you searching for more information on becoming part of the religious life? If so, there are many opportunities for you to explore as you continue to discern your calling and vocation. We also welcome and encourage you to meet with our pastoral staff at the rectory. Please call the office at (630) 969-1063 to set up an appointment with one of our priests, Fr. James Schwab or Fr. Shaun Cieslik.

You may also call:

Fr. Steven Borello, Director of Vocation Promotion
Diocese of Joliet | 16555 Weber Road | Crest Hill, IL 60403
(815) 221-6171 | vocations@dioceseofjoliet.org

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19

Holy Orders – What Ordination Means

Busted Halo’s Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP explains what Holy Orders are in the Catholic Church, what happens at an Ordination, and what it means to say YES to God. ALL baptized Catholics are priests – so how is that different from the vocation to priesthood?

Diocese of Joliet Bishop Ronald Hicks explains the beauty in the choice for taking the vows of a religious order, in his message for the World Day for Consecrated Life. “We are blessed that they chose to accompany the Church and us.”

Prayer for Our Priests

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests, especially Father Jim and Father Shaun. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.

(USCCB, adapted)

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 2:5

A History of Many Parts, But One Body

With over 2,700 families at St. Mary of Gostyn Parish, we continue towards a bright future enriching faith life, educating on Catholicism, serving those in need, and enjoying our close community.