Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

Know Yourself – Know Your Vocation

Pop culture insights — finding yourself may be the key to finding your vocation.

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April 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Decisions, Decisions

To quote Ursula the sea witch, “Life’s full of tough choices, innit?” A few thoughts for the discerner and those supporting them.

April 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

Giving Up For Lent

Lent is a time of sacrifice, but do we have the right intent?

February 14, 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:  “How could this happen in our family?  We aren’t the model Catholic family!”

The first Sunday after Christmas celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. This is one of my favorite feasts of the church because it always gives me hope that our … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Objection Series: Celibacy or “He’ll never have his own children!”

Letting  Go When you look back, parenting feels like a long series of letting go of your child.  The first day of school is a day of pride and tears for … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Advice for Discerners — And A Thought for Parents

A brief reflection sparked by one of my favorite blogs.

November 16, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Story of a Seminarian from a Mom’s Point of View by Amy V.

One of the best things about this blog is that it provides a place for parents to be brutally honest with how they feel as they watch their son go … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Objection Series: Where did he get this idea? We aren’t even that religious!

If you have read some of the parent stories on this blog, you have seen that a vocation does not have to come from the super catholic families with 12 … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: “He will be so lonely!” or The difference between being alone and lonely

Priests are surrounded by people all the time.  Their entire role is to interact with people.  A priest can be so busy with people that it may difficult to carve … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 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

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