Horizon, the Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference, shared a listing of books vocation directors recommend for discerners.

We wanted to highlight a few of those titles as suggestions for you, as well as few others to get to know our community’s founding story, charism, spirituality, and mission.

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve found one of these books helpful in your vocational journey and/or if you have another title you suggest we add to our list!


A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscienceby John Neafsey (2006, Orbis Books)




The Holy Longing: The Search for Christian Spirituality, by Father Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. (2009 reissue, Image)




Praying Our Experiences, by Brother Joseph Schmidt, FSC (2000, Saint Mary’s Press)




Vocations Anonymous: A handbook for adults discerning priesthood and religious life, by Sister Kathleen Bryant, R.S.C. (2014 Rogationist Publications)




Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church, edited by Father Robin Ryan, C.P. (2010, Liturgical Press)




Praying with Saint John Baptist de La Salle, by Carl Koch (2008, Saint Mary’s Press)





Discernment: reading the signs of daily life, by Henri Nouwen (2015 reissue, HarperOne)




Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker J. Palmer (1999, Jossey Bass)




Meditations by John Baptist de La Salle (1994, Christian Brothers Conference)





The Art of Discernment: Making Good Decisions in Your World of Choices, by Father Stefan Kiechle, S.J. (2005, Ave Maria Press)




John Baptist De La Salle: The Spirituality of Christian Education, by Carl Koch (2004, Paulist Press)