Fostering Vocational Discernment

Articles and resources on the spiritual practice of discernment and the importance of encouraging a sense of vocation in adolescents.

Articles and Research (click to view)

Vocation of the Young, Vocation to the Young, Christine Housel

What I Learned from Discerning My Vocation, Caitlin Sica

The Vocation of Youth, Michael Baizerman and Ross Velure Roholt

White, David F. Practicing Discernment with Youth: A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach. (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2005). Chapter 1 “The social construction of adolescence and the vocation of youth: a theological vision for youth ministry,” 13-34.

Discernment (click to view)

How Do I Help My Kids Find Their Calling?, Brad M. Griffin

The 2002 Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary

3 Ways to Help Your Students Discern Their Vocational Future, Meryl Herr

White, David F. Practicing Discernment with Youth: A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach. (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2005). Chapter 2 “Cultural forces and the crisis in contemporary youth ministry,” 35-62.

Ideas for Organizing Vocation Events, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

How to Help Teens Find Purpose, Patrick Cook-Deegan

You Should Think About Your Vocation…But Not Too Much, Christine Warner

Vocational Discernment, Seattle Pacific

White, David F. Practicing Discernment with Youth: A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach. (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2005). Chapter 3 “Reclaiming the Christian practice of discernment,” 63-88.

Damon, William. The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life. (Free Press, 2008).


Fostering Vocational Discernment Training Module (click to view)