Psychology of a Vocation

Pages: 144
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-948139-85-4
Binding: Paperback


Psychology of a Vocation provides men and women with vocations in the Church – especially within vocations that embrace celibacy – the necessary theory and practical advice to avoid the potential pitfalls of living the Christian vocation in the modern world.

Part of living the Christian life is to serve others and to be a human being who cares. Yet, to exercise mercy, one must have sufficient self-knowledge. Whether a part of the vocational life or the lay faithful, personal effort is necessary to grow in Christian virtue and to seek deeper meaning in life.

Fr. Wenceslao Vial combines his clinical knowledge, academic work, and pastoral activity as a priest, surgeon, and Doctor of Philosophy to cover a range of topics, including:

  • Psychological Maturity and Moments of Crisis in Growth
  • Healthy Habits and Hobbies; Growth in Freedom
  • From Human Love to Divine Love
  • Psychological and Behavioral Barriers
  • Addressing and Preventing Burnout in Pastoral Ministry

Practical and concise, Psychology of a Vocation, is a helpful resource for anyone who wishes to deepen his or her understanding of how psychological dynamics can play a role in our relationships.


Father Wenceslao Vial’s book Psychology of a Vocation is a very helpful handbook for those considering a vocation to the priesthood or for those helping to guide others in the discernment process.


Rector, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland

Vial’s Psychology of a Vocation will quickly become a welcome addition to the seminary formator’s tools for forming true shepherds after the heart of Christ in this third millennium. It is a much-needed clear guide to applying the science of psychology for all involved in priestly formation, providing insights into the psychological aspects of the four dimensions.


Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Orange in California

Practical and concise, Psychology of a Vocation is a helpful resource for seminarians and priests navigating the complexities of life in the twenty-first century. From vocational discernment to a healthy priestly life to avoiding the dangers of burnout, Fr. Vial covers a lot of ground with competence and clarity.


Rector, Saint John Paul II Seminary, Washington, DC

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