By Kathleen Cahalan and Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando

Kathleen Cahalan: Calling All Years Good

"The particularity of our contexts shape both the way that we hear our callings and the way we respond to it.” — Kathleen Cahalan

Listen in on an exclusive peek into our book club as WAP associate Jasmine Obeyesekere conducts the final online discussion with author and professor Kathleen Cahalan. Together, they discuss the challenge of discerning one's calling throughout the various seasons of life and the good work God has for us to do in each of those time periods.

I’m privileged to introduce Dr. Kathleen Cahalan, co-author and co-editor of Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons (Eerdmans 2017). Dr. Cahalan offers a unique perspective on Vocation by suggesting Lifespan as the lens through which we can view our callings. Did you ever consider children including infants having a vocation? How about the very old? Or persons with dementia? How can we think about our multiple callings at any given season in our lives? How about transitions to different stages of life and finding the callings therein? How can we live these multiplicities of callings in an integrated way? And fear not, it is not about finding balance, because we are told it doesn’t exist — instead Dr. Cahalan invites us to consider the centered life.  

These were just some of the invigorating questions around which we had lively and life-giving conversations as we read Calling All Years Good at WAP’s Fall book club. It was a treat to have Dr. Cahalan at the finale in November sharing her perspective on our callings in all the stages of life. It was fun to even ask her a question that no one had asked her before! We hope you will enjoy listening to Dr. Cahalan’s wisdom as much as we did. 

— Jasmine Obeyesekere


You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of practical theology at Saint John’s Graduate School of Theology and Seminary where she teaches courses on pastoral ministry, pastoral care, and spirituality. She is also the director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, a collaborative research project that has studied various aspects of vocation over the past eight years. She co-edited two volumes from the project: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons (2017) and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives (2016). She has also authored books for church audiences, including Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us (2017) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (2015).  She is currently the coordinator for the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative.


Jasmine is WSAP’s book club host and vocation specialist. She hails from Sri Lanka and has a thirty-year relationship with its national university ministry, the Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS). She has also been involved with InterVarsity for twenty years. She has a BA (Hons.) in English from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a MA in International Relations from Syracuse University. She loves writing about theology impacting real life and enjoys British, Korean, and Chinese drama. Jasmine lives in upstate New York with her professor husband and two teenage children.

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