ROADMAP TO RELIGIOUS LIFE
A Living Sacrifice is a comprehensive guide for men who are discerning God's call. It serves as both an introduction to religious life as well as a guide for discerning vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
With clear language, engaging examples, and solid theology, the book tackles the big questions: "Should I date while discerning?" "Should I be a diocesan priest or a religious brother?" "What community should I join?" "What should I expect during formation?" "What is religious life anyway?" and "How do I know for sure if I'm being called?"
A Living Sacrifice offers a solid alternative to "cyber discernment" by addressing men's most common questions in a single volume. Perfect to bring into the chapel to spark a heart-to-heart conversation with Christ.
WISDOM FROM EXPERIENCE
Co-author Fr. Benedict Croell has been called the most successful religious vocation director in America, with over 100 men entering his community during his time of service. (He is now assigned to The Angelicum in Rome.) Co-author Fr. Andrew Hofer oversaw the initial formation of new brothers, and offers both real-life insights and a solid theological foundation. Together, they amass their considerable experience to provide reliable advice during every stage of vocational discernment.
FOR MEN DISCERNING ALL FORMS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE
Importantly, A Living Sacrifice includes an overview of most forms of religious life in the U.S., as well as contributions from priests and brothers in many different communities, such as the Franciscans, Jesuits, Holy Cross, Norbertines, and many more. While authored by Dominican priests, the book is deliberately written for men discerning any religious community.
Foreword by Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B.
Nihil Obstat, Rev. Basil Cole, O.P.
Imprimatur, Rev. Msgr. Charles V. Antonicelli, V.G.
“I commend Father Benedict Croell, O.P. and Father Andrew Hofer, O.P. on the publication of A Living Sacrifice: Guidance for Men Discerning Religious Life. Here young men as well as Vocation Directors will find solid material to help in discerning a vocation to religious life. The information is at once practical, giving details on the various forms of religious life which a candidate might seek to explore, and rooted in the tradition of the Church. The example of many saints provides concrete testimony to the charisms of the various religious orders which go to make up the rich mosaic of religious life in the Catholic Church. This book will undoubtedly prove invaluable in helping young men respond in a confident and trusting way to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as they discern God’s call.”
Robert Cardinal Sarah
Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
"A Living Sacrifice is an inspiring book, but it is also intensely practical. The authors lead us through sensible stages in discernment, clearing away obstacles and distractions -- what to do and what not to do -- but they never lose sight of the tremendous mystery at the heart of vocation. It’s the Trinity, and they dare to say it. Nothing is more profound and essential to life than this encounter. You’ll feel that on every page of this book. And if this gets out into the right hands, we can expect to see an increase of holy and worthy vocations to the religious life worldwide. Since many are called... many should read this book!"
Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization
Founder & President, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
"FOCUS works with many young men, some of whom have heard the calling to enter the fraternity of religious life. A Living Sacrifice is the fruit of lives lived discerning the will of God, and especially in this noisy world, I highly recommend this book to those men discerning the religious life, and to those vocation directors devoted to helping them!"
Founder of FOCUS
"As a former Vocation Director I wish I had this book to offer men who were discerning their vocation. It is a clear and practical guide for any young man discerning God’s will. Also, it is a wonderful resource for vocation directors or anyone who promotes vocations to the priesthood and religious life. No doubt Fathers Benedict and Andrew are offering realistic advice based on their years of prayerful experience ministering to young men called to serve the Lord. The Church finally has a book it so desperately needed at a time so many young men are searching how they can genuinely offer themselves to the Lord."
Fr. Mark Padrez, O.P.
Executive Director, Conference of Major Superiors of Men
"A Living Sacrifice is a very practical book for men discerning a vocation to religious life in all its forms. It is theologically sound and written in a style that is attractive and easily understood. Not only does it help young men in their inner search for a possible vocation to the religious life; it also gives them practical counsel on how to find the right community for them. I highly recommend this book for all young men who are searching for God's will in their life."
Fr. Thomas Nelson, O. Praem.
National Director, Institute on Religious Life
"I have heard it said that the problem of being 'a living sacrifice' is that when things get uncomfortable, one can crawl off the altar. The Church has needed a book for men discerning religious life for a long time. Fr. Croell and Fr. Hofer have provided this excellent resource covering all the bases! Their experience in living religious life and guiding others rings loud and clear in these easy-to-read and practical pages. Religious life is the most perfect form of life; the offering of oneself in a holocaust to Jesus. This book will contribute to the renewal of religious life in the Church!"
Fr. Brett Brannen
Author of To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide to Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood