Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

Pope Francis on Formation

Pope Francis recently shared a few of his thoughts on the priesthood and priestly formation.

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Priestly Formation: Basic Supervised Ministry

Not everything in a seminarian’s training is academic. A big part of formation is learning the ministerial aspect of the priesthood as well.

October 31, 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

A Proper Reason?

Is it true that people turn to the church because they can’t make it in the “real world”?

August 3, 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

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

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

Come and See!

Many seminaries offer “Come and See” weekend retreats for discerners. If you think God is calling you, answer the call by getting involved.

June 30, 2015 · Leave a 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

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 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

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

E-mail and a Note about Discernment

This week a lovely note landed in the Seminarian Parents inbox.  It came from the Mum of a seminarian who…well, since she graciously offered permission to share her letter, I’ll … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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