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Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

Perhaps priesthood has crossed your mind, but fear pushes the idea away: My friends would laugh if they heard I was thinking about the priesthood!My parents would be shocked.My mom wants grandkids.I'm scared to death of speaking in public.I'm nowhere near holy...

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Discernment Spirituality

Discernment Spirituality

    Spirituality is the individual approach to one's relationship with God. It involves making use of the tools of prayer and devotion which help you to live as a Christian the best way possible. Spirituality is, therefore, personal and many details of your...

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Pope Benedict’s Message to Seminarians

Pope Benedict’s Message to Seminarians

  "It does makes sense to become a priest: the world needs priests, pastors, today, tomorrow and always, until the end of time." In an open letter on October 18, 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict spoke from his heart to seminarians throughout the Church. Addressing...

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The Heart of a Priest

The Heart of a Priest

    What does it take to be a priest? This is the remarkable true story of an American priest martyred for his ministry. Fr. Stanley Rother Fr. Stanley Rother, a priest for the diocese of Oklahoma City, graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary back in the...

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Be it done to me according to your word

Be it done to me according to your word

I’m my own man! I’m self-made, and I alone should determine my destiny! I will let nothing stand in the way of what I want. There is no other road to happiness! At least that’s what contemporary society would have us believe. But the Christian viewpoint is much...

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Why Celibacy for Priests?

Why Celibacy for Priests?

St. Joseph is a model of chastity for those who seek to bring Jesus to others by living a celibate life. You might think that the issue of priestly celibacy is a “newer” matter in the Church. After all, the Roman Church has continually reiterated the law of priestly...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings (click here for the Sunday readings)  Gospel: Lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from Godto a town of Galilee called Nazareth,to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,of the house of David,and the virgin’s name was Mary.And...

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Gaining peace through prayer

Gaining peace through prayer

Is God calling me to be a priest? How can I know for sure? What's the best way to make a decision like this? As you contemplate what to do with your life, be confident that God has a specific plan for you, and that you can discover it through prayer. This article...

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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent Readings (click here for the Sunday readings)  Gospel: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 A man named John was sent from God.He came for testimony, to testify to the light,so that all might believe through him.He was not the light,but came to testify to the...

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What do Priests Do?

Priests do far more than celebrate Mass and pray all day. The life of a priest is busy, demanding, challenging—and incredibly rewarding.

Why Celibacy?

Celibacy is always a top concern for men thinking about the priesthood, but rest as­sured that every priest had the same thought before he went to seminary.

Signs of a Priestly Vocation

If Jesus has placed a desire in your heart for priesthood, no matter what your age, don’t ignore it. Talk to a priest you admire about how you feel.

Priesthood Discernment Self-Test

Examining oneself using these twenty qualities or signs is a good way to begin one’s discernment of priesthood, but it should not be done in a vacuum.