Pope Francis recently shared a few of his thoughts on the priesthood and priestly formation.
Not everything in a seminarian’s training is academic. A big part of formation is learning the ministerial aspect of the priesthood as well.
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
Is it true that people turn to the church because they can’t make it in the “real world”?
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
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
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
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
Many seminaries offer “Come and See” weekend retreats for discerners. If you think God is calling you, answer the call by getting involved.
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.
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
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
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