Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

What Would You Say?

In a recent episode of the Busted Halo Radio Show, Fr. Dave answers a question about discernment and models a great way to have a potentially difficult situation.

April 30, 2017 · 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

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

Objection Series: “But people are so critical of priests!” Super Human or A Human of Faith?

It must be hard to live your life and do your job while under a microscope. When every human failing is on display for others to comment and judge, you … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: “I will never see him, especially on the holidays!”

Are you suffering from the delusion that your adult children will come home for every holiday?   Let’s have a little reality check on the “I will never see him on … Continue reading

October 4, 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

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

Dinner with a Side of Answers

Every ordained priest has been through the seminary experience. Spend a little time with one and you’ll learn a lot about what your child is going through.

June 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Discernment: How long is this going to take?

I don’t know how many times I have heard the word “discern ” or “discernment” in the last 2 years. Even so, this word still has a vaguely mysterious quality. … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

5 Myths and Facts about Discernment or Isn’t there a book about this somewhere?

When my son first told me he thought God was calling him to be a priest, I had no real understanding of the discernment process.   Being a cradle catholic, I was … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

How long does it take to become a priest? Part 1

Mundelein Seminary in Chicago has posted a video on the academic steps to become a priest: from College Seminary or Pre-Theology to Major Seminary to Transitional Diaconate to Ordination.   … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

What is a Spiritual Director?

All seminarians are obliged to have a spiritual director. You can have one too! But what is a spiritual director and why would you want one?

March 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Closing Doors, Opening Grace

Can making a choice and limiting your options ever make you happier?

March 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

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