Saint Basil's Catholic Church
Los Angeles, California
Wilshire Boulevard and Kingsley Drive

Pastor: Rev. Frank Hicks
Associate Pastor:
Rev. Dae Duk Stephanus Park  (Korean Center)
Pastor Emeritus:
Msgr. Charles Hill
"If today you hear God's voice, harden not your heart." (Psalm 95)

On June 2011, Deacon Carlos Ortega was assigned here at St. Basil's to help us with Masses and Baptismals.

What is a vocation?
A vocation is a call from God to share intimately in His inner life of love.  Out of his love, the Lord has created you and you alone for a specific mission.  Your vocation is His invitation for your to share in saving the world as a single or married person, as a priest or religious.
Sometimes the pull of a vocation is strong, sometimes not.  But if it keeps coming back, if this call is that nagging tug on the heart, then it must be followed.  You are being called by God to do something remarkable, and that call must be pursued, or you will spend the rest of your life wondering about it.

Hearing the call
Hearing the call requires that you listen to inner movements and learn to sift God's voice from other voices.  Perhaps more so than in the past, modernity offers so many paths to follow; hearing God's voice in the midst of all this life can be difficult.  In particular, discerning a priestly or religious vocation can be a challenge, especially when others, even those close to us, may not be encouraging.

Candidates for the priesthood should exemplify the following:
  • A love for the Catholic faith
  • Generosity
  • A desire to help other people
  • A personal relationship with God
  • A capacity and desire to learn
  • A respect for other people
  • Openness to other cultures and ethnic groups
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Good social skills
  • The ability to enjoy one's own company and a variety of friendships
  • The courage to take risks
  • A healthy self-image
  • The ability to state an opinion that might differ from that of others
  • Devotion to prayer

What is the priesthood?
The priesthood is a divinely instituted sacrament begun by Christ at the Last Supper in order to continue His ministry in the world.  The priesthood is not an occupation, a job, or a profession.  Instead, it is a life of loving service to God and neighbor.

What is the life of a parish priest?
What does a diocesan priest do?  The parish priest does a little bit of everything.  He is sometimes described as a jack-of-all-trades.  He baptizes the babies, marries the lovers, and anoint the sick and dying, visits the ill or the imprisoned.  He hears and forgives the sins of his people, celebrates the Eucharist, gives a listening ear to the troubled, comforts the widow, and prays for the dead.  Sometimes, all in one day!

Msgr. James Forsen, Director
Office for Vocations
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Blvd. Fl. 2
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 637-7248

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