Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

Facing Your Parental Fears

Parenting can keep you up at night worrying about your children’s future. A couple of examples — both real and fictional — can help parents better understand and grapple with their fears.

February 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Discerning Out: What It Is & Is Not

Every year, young men in seminary formation  come to the realization that priesthood is not their vocation.  If you don’t have a clear understanding of the discernment process or the … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Objection Series Part 2: But, I just want him to be happy!

How do you measure happiness? This post should appeal to those who are interested in hard data from reliable sources.  If your objection  arises from a belief that your son … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Insights from a Sister’s Father

Matt Wenke has a couple of great posts over at Aleteia sharing his experience of having a daughter enter a religious order.

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: But I just want him to be happy!

If you have been following this series, you have seen  that the objections have been very specific. At first, I had many of these objections described in this series. When … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Feeling Discouraged

It’s well documented that parents discourage their children from entering religious life, but how should we respond?

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Patron Saint of Seminarian Moms

Saint Hannah has become very special to me since my son entered formation.

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Oh The Places You’ll Go — As A Missionary

Being a seminarian involves more than just sitting in classrooms or spending days in prayer. There’s a very active component as well.

December 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bless Me, Father — A Review of Sorts

Some parents object when their son declares an interest in a vocation. There are lots of reasons given, but I suspect that the root of the problem is lack of … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Call to Return to Mission

Recently I was privileged to participate in a week long retreat/seminar at Loyola University on the topic of Parish Health and Wellness. It was an intense time with forty of … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

News from the Paulists!

Evan pointed out that the blog hasn’t been updated in a while. He’s right. I’ve missed several important events in the life of the Paulist Community. So, let me (with … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Priests/Monks, Nuns/Sisters – What’s the Difference?

Not everyone in a wimple is a nun and not every man in a habit is a priest. Can you tell the difference?

July 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spiritual Direction

Fr. Dave gives some insight into the role and responsibilities of a spiritual director.

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Advice from a Seminarian

What three things should you know before you enter the seminary?

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

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