Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

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

Objection Series: “He will be so overworked” or A vocation vs. a job

This objection is a good example of how the vocation of parenthood and priesthood have different but closely related demands.   You have more in common with your priest than … Continue reading

September 30, 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

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

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

A Summer Visit to the Seminary

This time of year, you and your son may be thinking about making a visit to a seminary.  He may be accepted for the fall term or still thinking about … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

How long does it take to become a priest? Part 2 or How does the average high school graduate adapt to academic life in the seminary?

When we first learned that the undergraduate degree at college seminary is Philosophy, I was surprised. Educationally, I understand the need for an in depth knowledge of philosophy as a … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

A son is a son…..

I grew up hearing the rhyme, ” A daughter’s a daughter all of her life, but a son is a son till he takes on a wife”. But what happens … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

How Agnostics Pray

Right, so this isn’t really all that directly linked to my brother’s current work but it seemed the right place to post it. You’ve heard the saying “There are no … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

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