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Welcome to inscape

The word inscape was coined by the priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to refer to the distinctive design that constitutes individuality - the imago Dei.

When people know, embrace, and live out that design, they flourish. 

We exist to help them do that.

The Call to Live Out Our Personal Vocation  

Tragically, many people endure years of school, work, religious formation, or even family life without fulfilling the basic desire to know and to be known as a person. They feel trapped or constrained from being who they truly are. 


Van Gogh, Pair of Shoes, 1886

Each of us is a unique, unrepeatable creation with specific gifts and a particular calling. If we do not know, embrace and live out who we were created to be, it is lost to the world forever. A manifestation of God's divine creativity is lost to the world forever.

Back to the Persons Themselves

But there is hope. The Church in recent years has recognized the central importance of personal vocation for renewal and integral formation, and we are embracing the responsibility to help each member of the Body of Christ be who they were created to be.

Each the unrepeatable reality of who he is and what he the primary and fundamental way of the Church, the way traced out by Christ himself, the way that leads invariably through the mystery of the Incarnation and the Redemption.

Pope John Paul II
Redemptor Hominis, 14

Personal vocation is one's unique way of living and loving, which provides the contours of her entire life's project, whatever it may be. It is a more fundamental call than that of marriage, career, or religious life because it includes them

It isn't discovered in the abstract. It can only be discovered with radical sensitivity to the unique human person. Each of us has a responsibility to help others become who they are.

It may be possible for reach to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.

C.S. Lewis
"The Weight of Glory"

What We Do

Our mission is to help people to know, embrace, and live out their unique personal vocations.

We focus in a particular way on providing support to educators, mentors, and parents who play a critical role in young people's lives.  We provide them training, education, and a growing resource library on personal vocation.

We embrace the power of story, helping those in families and local communities listen attentively to young people and accompany them on the path of discernment.


From the womb, each person has a unique design that manifests itself to a mother. Through the power of story, we explore that distinctive motivational design throughout the course of a life, helping each person to discern a core pattern of design and giftedness - one's core motivational drive. We use a 50-year-old narrative process called M-CORE (Motivational Core) based on over 80,000 stories of deeply satisfying action performed with excellence.


We serve parents, teachers, and mentors with training, homeschool curriculum, and resources for helping others live into their personal vocations. We are developing a 9-month long Gap Year Program for recent high school graduates focused on discernment of their personal calling through a variety of rich experiences and reflection on them.


Inscape hosts a variety of retreats and workshops for students and educators, and we partner with you to provide professional, faithful speakers with a profound understanding of personal vocation for your event.


Our goal is to provide a wealth of resources for the exploration of personal vocation in the Church. Visit our Synod 2018 headquarters, find books related to personal vocation, or listen to podcasts that explore the "inscapes" of individuals living out a variety of unique, personal vocations.