What is a vocation?

The word “vocation” comes from the Latin word vocare which means “to call.” All of us are called to live a holy life, a saintly life. But the Lord calls people to different “states of life” as the path by which they are to live out their vocation to holiness.

A calling to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ is one of the most beautiful gifts that a Catholic man can receive.  If you are discerning your vocation and are wondering if you are called to the priesthood, this website will provide you with resources that can help.

But the best place to begin for a man who is considering the priesthood is to speak directly with a priest. Consider contacting your parish priest or the Vocation Director of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Fr. John Connaughton, to discuss what God may have in store for you.

If you are interested in the permanent diaconate you can obtain information about the diocesan formation program by contacting Deacon Anthony Cassaneto at: 203-416-1451 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information about religious life in the Diocese of Bridgeport, contact Sr. NancyStrillacci, A.S.C.J. at 203-416-1511 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You can also find links to more information about religious life on the "resources" page.