Vocations in the COSJ

To serve the Church as a priest or a religious is indeed a humbling honor which no one merits but which can be chosen by Our Lord for us. We must always pray for vocations to serve the Church in the priesthood and the religious life. The Holy Spirit that the Father has sent through Jesus Christ is at the center of a church vocation, just as Jesus Christ Himself is the head of the Church. For the COSJ, we have our unique formation process that has been established and endorsed by the Archbishop of San Francisco.

We want to help each interested man learn whether he has the vocation and the necessary education, experience and background sufficient to join the COSJ in our contemplative life of prayer and our Active Apostolate to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The short video below explains quite a bit about us and the ways we pray, live and serve the religious and faithful of the Archdiocese.

If you would like some additional information about the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph and our established requirements for admission and life-style, click here.

From time to time throughout each year, Discernment Retreats are offered at the COSJ Monastery in South San Francisco, CA. These are held to assist men who are strongly considering our contemplative life as a vocation learn more about us and for us to have the opportunity to pray together as a community to determine if God’s call beckons a man to join us. We invite candidates with whom we have worked via telephone, e-mail and letter and who we believe understand the COSJ sufficiently to benefit from a Discernment Retreat. Click here to download additional information about our Discernment Retreats.

"A vocation is a grace. By its nature it
presupposes and requires that a voice
should be heard - the voice of the Father
through Christ and in the Holy Spirit, the
wonderful invitation: Come!"

Pope Paul VI