Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

Cassock Day: A Rite of Passage

Early in my son’s discernment process, one of the biggest shocks was related to something very concrete, not spiritual. About 2 weeks after my son first told me he thought … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Pope Frances Effect and Hope for the Future of Religious Vocations

As the US welcomes Pope Frances, I can’t help but wonder what the effect will be on those discerning or even thinking about discerning a religious vocation. I have read … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: “You should get out into the real world and live a little!”

Since you are reading this blog, you might be interested in following a blog where seminarians and faculty post regularly.  “Seminarian Casual” is the blog on the website for St … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: “I Will Never Have Grandchildren.”

As parents, you know that if your son becomes a priest it is a great gift to your family.  But it also necessitates a sacrifice of the traditional dream of … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Objection Series: “He Will Have to Give Up So Much!” or Giving vs. Getting

Alright, can we just agree that every vocation has its difficult moments, challenges and rewards?   You can’t compare one to another and say one is more difficult than the other. … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Series of Objections

I will be posting a series on common objections parents have surrounding a son’s interest in discerning a vocation to priesthood or religious life. I will take one objection and … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Meet the Parents

Every summer our diocese has a picnic for seminarians and their families.  Unfortunately, our son was so sick last summer that he could not attend.  Since it was our first … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Do You Remember the Day You Became a Vocation Director?

Our parish does infant baptism on the first Sunday of the month.  So today after the noon mass there were 6 babies and a large number of friends and relatives … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Another Vision of the Future

What if you could look into the future and see what your son’s life could be like in 6 years, 16 years or  26 years?  This ‘Vision of the Future’ series … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Vision of the Future

One of the problems with a son discerning a vocation to the priesthood is the unknown.  What is in his future?  What will his life be like?   If your son … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Objection Series: “He’s Throwing His Life Away!”

Although this statement sounds pretty harsh, you may have heard this about your son’s interest in priesthood or religious life.  Maybe you worry that you are going to hear it … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

What is a Vocation Story?

I have heard my son give his “vocation story” many times in different settings.  This is the story of how he decided to go to seminary and how he felt … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Everyone has 3 Vocations

With all the talk on this blog about vocations and discernment, you may enjoy a video by Fr Mike Schmitz who provides a little different explanation of the 3 (yes, … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

Advantages of Going to Seminary or What is the Next Right Step?

If you are reading this, most likely, you and your son have had some contact with the vocations director for your diocese or religious order.  There is talk of applying … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 4 Comments

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