Called Beyond


Office/person in charge:
Sr. Elaine Penrice fsp - National Office for Vocation

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales 39 Eccleston Square, London. SW1V 1BX

Email address:

Website/social media:

Called Beyond is a week during the liturgical year dedicated to listening and responding to vocation. The Called Beyond Vocations Weeks prompts a parish to begin developing a culture of vocation and helps to foster discipleship as the foundation of any vocation.

The foundation of the week is a prayerful group of parishioners who plan three phases of the project locally: (1) Preperation, (2) The Week, (3) Follow-up.

What is it?

What is this initiative about?

The Called Beyond Vocations Week helps parishioners to explore the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, set in the context of the personal call of Christ and the communal life of the Church. By celebrating the baptismal vocation to live as disciples of Christ, more people may come to hear Christ calling them to a specific way of life. In this way, a vocations week can contribute to the longer-term development of the parish as a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey and a center of constant missionary outreach.

How does it help?

In what way does this initiative enhance the formation of the laity?

As a parish based program, Called Beyond benefits the wider church by encouraging more purposeful disciples of Christ, and also builds up the local parish community by promoting reciprocal appreciation and friendship within that parish community. It has the additional benefit of nurturing new initiatives and leadership within the parish.

Why is it important?

Why is this initiative important for the training and advancement of the laity in your country?

In today’s world of personal determination and choice, our culture can make us feel ungrounded. People are assaulted with choice in a society which offers little guidance, support or structure. Called Beyond is important because everybody should feel called by God, into a personal and purposeful relationship with him. Our first call is to form a relationship with God, and from there we are sent as apostles of the Good News of Jesus Christ, according to our various gifts.

How did it start

How was this initiative developed?

The program was a direct response to some research done on behalf of the National Office for Vocation in England & Wales, which sought to investigate the barriers to people embracing their vocation. The research indicated that there is a need to move the conversation outside the Church buildings to more informal spaces for encounter. These spaces are places where people feel free to share and be witness to the ways God has invited them into a particular vocation, and for others to learn and appreciate those testimonies and be influenced by them in their lives.


Does it benefit the laity on a national or local level?

Means and funding

Who funds the initiative? What is needed to launch this initiative?

The parish community provides the funding for the Called Beyond Vocations Week. Since the website provides the manual, the local parish volunteers can tailor the events of the week according to their needs. The manual is available to download for free. The website also provides access to an easy-to-use commercial website which will allow parishes to purchase supplementary booklets, prayer cards and various banners and posters which can be personalized to the individual parishes.

Learn more

Where can people learn more about this initiative?

Contact the National Office for Vocation at or

Countries involved

Does this initiative exist in other countries?

Only in England and Wales, currently.


How to start?

How can this initiative be implemented in other countries?

Consult the website htttp:// and convene a small team of volunteers in the parish.



A Culture of Vocation
A Culture of Vocation - Fr. Christopher Jamison OSB 
In Verbo tuo
Pontifical Work for Ecclesiastical Vocations - In verbo tuo_en