Seven Stages of Discerning Priesthood

Seven Stages of Discerning Priesthood

Please keep in mind that every vocation is a mystery, and thus every man passes through these stages differently on the way to priesthood. Some will pass through the first few stages only to discern that God is not calling them to priesthood. Others will keep going...
Overcoming Fear of the Priesthood

Overcoming Fear of the Priesthood

The first principle to remember is that God does not speak through fear.  Perhaps the priesthood has crossed your mind, but fear pushes the idea away: Fear of commitment Fear of celibacy Fear of being unworthy These fears are very common, even for men who are already...
Priesthood Discernment Self-Test

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. There are many other ways to discern. Your vocation director needs to be a part of this process. The following...
Why Celibacy?

Why Celibacy?

“I’m very impatient with some of the pragmatic arguments for celibacy—that it frees up your time and allows you to focus your energy in different ways. I’d rather see celibacy as a kind of irrational, over-the-top, poetic, symbolic expression of the soul in love.”  –...
Signs of a Priestly Vocation

Signs of a Priestly Vocation

1. God has placed in your heart a desire to be a priest. 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. 2. You have a deep love for Christ and His Church. A priest...
What do Priests Do?

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.  The vast majority of priests live happy, fulfilling lives. They love the people they serve, and in turn, are loved by their...