The Co-Authored Self: Viewing the Experience of Priestly Vocation Through the Framework of Self-Authorship
Current student development literature on self-authorship describes “the developmental shift from reliance on external to internal sources of knowing, identifying, and relating” (Bryant, 2011, p. 17). The author seeks to compare and contrast this definition with the Roman Catholic idea of vocation as a call that originates from the voice of God - that is, outside of oneself. Thus, the purpose of this study is to explore emerging adult students’ experience of vocation, and discernment thereof, through the lens and language of the self-authorship framework. For ease of identifying a sample population, participants are selected from those with a clearly defined and articulated vocation: in this case, the Roman Catholic priesthood. The study seeks to understand, through narrative, how students pursue this particular discerned vocation with authenticity, especially through the negotiation of their internal voice and the perceived voice of God.
Graham F. Hunter
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences
"The Co-Authored Self: Viewing the Experience of Priestly Vocation Through the Framework of Self-Authorship" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 1934.