Have You Been Called?

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” That’s what Aristotle had to say about “vocation.” The word “vocation” comes from the Latin “vocare” which means voice. You might think of it as the voice of your soul! If you mention the word “vocation” to most people, they usually think you’re talking about priests and nuns. But, those are only religious vocations. It isn’t all that often that we hear others talk about their vocation. Recently on television, however, a retired NYC firefighter who had been on scene on 9/11 spoke of his vocation as a firefighter, something he knew from childhood he was going to do. A vocation is a “calling,” a sense, perhaps from a higher power, that you are destined to serve some particular purpose.

Let’s say the average American begins working at age 22, retires at 70, and (let’s be generous here) takes 4 weeks of vacation a year. That person will spend 92,160 hours at WORK. If your work is your vocation, then those hours will pass much more quickly and be much more rewarding.

program_concentration_artIn fact, more and more research is indicating that job satisfaction is strongly linked to whether you approach your work as “just” a job, as a career, or as a calling.  A “job” is a ‘9-5, I’m here to get paid’ mindset. A “career” is a step up from a job; there’s a little more focus on advancing, on climbing the ladder. But as Bill Barnett said in a Harvard Business Review blog post, “…people with callings are different. They see their work as a positive end in itself. They feel good about what they’re doing. They give more to their work. They get more from it. And here’s a secret about people with callings: Not only are they happy and fulfilled, they’re often very successful, often bringing financial rewards.”

But it isn’t only job satisfaction you get when you have a calling; you probably won’t think about your job as work at all. If you’re going to spend almost 100,000 hours of your time on earth doing something, shouldn’t it be something you love?

Whether you’re currently in the workforce or will be entering it soon, are you passionate about the path you are on? Do you feel like you are contributing to some greater good with the hours you spend at work? Is there a little voice in the back of your head asking, “is this all there is?”

If you wonder if you have a vocation, consider this: do you struggle to balance your work and life, or do you feel they are integrated? When you follow your calling, you see your work as an integral part of the whole of your being, not as a separate role you must juggle. Because technology is already blurring the line between work time and private time for many people, some degree of integration is already happening. When you create that integration on your own terms, it is less likely to be an impediment to your well-being.

If you have never considered what your vocation might be, please do so! It is never too late to change your life. There are no promises that you won’t face challenges or that the workplace will be without conflict, but if it is important to you to use your gifts, listen to that little voice that is guiding you to fulfillment.


Kathryn M. Larson is presently responsible for technology and communications for the U.S. Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden, CT. She is a 1982 graduate of Boston College and in 2011 enrolled in the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Albertus, a move she considers a “calling” of sorts. She graduated in 2013. Kathy considers herself a “servant leader” and embraces the paradox that to lead, you must first serve. She believes that the single most important thing a leader can do is to empower the people at all levels in the organization, making sure they have the tools to succeed.


Is Your Deadline Approaching? Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand

So you’ve submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and now you think it’s time to kick up your heels and enjoy summer break? Put your beach plans on hold until you’ve confirmed that your financial aid file is complete. A lot of deadlines are approaching, so make sure you don’t lose out on any financial aid opportunities available.

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Nothing to do on that rainy day? Make sure your financial aid file is complete:

  • Outstanding Documents – Friday, August 1, 2014 – We know you’re getting our mailers, emails, and voicemails! Stop procrastinating and submit your documents.

  • Appeals – Friday, August 1, 2014 – Students interested in submitting appeals to reinstate or increase financial aid eligibility must submit all documentation in order to be reviewed prior to the start of classes.

  • Outstanding Federal Work Study Documents – Tuesday, September 1, 2014 – Work study students are not allowed to work until all Federal Work Study documents are submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

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Check that you have completed the following items so that you don’t get sunburned when you try to move in:

  • Payment Plan – Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (for four-month payment plans) and Saturday, August 16, 2014 (for three-month payment plans) – Enroll early and spend less time stressing and more time sunning.

  • Alternative Financing – Friday, August 1, 2014 – PLUS and private loan applications should be finalized with the lenders to ensure all balances are covered prior to classes starting.

  • Waiving Insurance – Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – If you are planning on waiving your insurance, and don’t want to pay for it, make sure you’ve submitted your waiver before move in starts. Otherwise, it will be a reimbursement.

  • Scholarships – Rolling Deadline – Check the Alternative Financing Page on the Financial Aid section of the myAlbertus Portal for scholarship opportunities. Be mindful of the submission deadlines and notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships that are being received.Blog - FA Counselor Sign

Want to confirm you’re ready to kick back and relax? Stop in or call anytime. We’re here to help point your raft in the right direction!

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The Joy of the Gospel

On February 28th of this past academic year, a book discussion of Evangelli Gaudium, or Joy of the Gospel, by Pope Francis, took place at Rosary Hall. Copies of the book had been distributed earlier to faculty, staff and students. Many more read the book than could attend the discussion, but a large group was able to join in the discussion that morning.

library1_016Deacon John Hoffman, coordinator of Dominican Ministries, facilitated the discussion. All participants were impressed with the easy accessibility of the Pope’s writing, especially how Pope Francis made difficult concepts clear and understandable. A striking part of the discussion was how each person could see that Pope Francis had a message that seemed to apply to them personally. Our discussion could have gone on for several days, but a couple of hours were all we had that day.


The Joy of the Gospel is divided into five chapters. The Church’s Missionary Transformation is treated first, then the Crisis of Communal Commitment, The Proclamation of the Gospel, The Social Dimension of Evangelization, and finally, Spirit Filled Evangelizers. Pope Francis weaves ambitious Church goals with practical suggestions seamlessly, in an easily readable text. The simplicity and humility of our new Pope is readily evident in his work. The joy was recognizable in his words, and in our discussion of his words and their implications for us.

After the discussion, several copies of the book were presented to the Albertus Magnus Library, so this new and exciting work will be available to all in the Albertus Community. In making this work available, and promoting its reading and discussion, Albertus Magnus College has shown again how our Catholic Identity is lived.

To learn more about the Dominican Exercises here at Albertus Magnus College, click here.

Sister AnneSister Anne Kilbride, O.P., special assistant to the president for the promotion of the Catholic, Dominican Heritage at Albertus Magnus College. She came to the College in 2011 as a consultant to gather ideas and make recommendations on new and creative ways to strengthen the College’s long relationship with the Dominican Sisters. Now she assists the College in developing academic and social links with national and international Dominican teachers and preachers.

Sister Anne received a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Southern Connecticut State University, and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in theology and Boston College in pastoral ministry; she also pursued further study in counseling, family counseling and theology at the University of Notre Dame, Ohio Dominican University and St. Joseph College.

Deeply involved in congregational ministry and leadership for the past decade, she served as a member of her congregation’s leadership team and as prioress. Her primary focus has been to promote Dominican life and mission now and into the future.