Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

Facing Your Parental Fears

Parenting can keep you up at night worrying about your children’s future. A couple of examples — both real and fictional — can help parents better understand and grapple with their fears.

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February 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Discerning Out: What It Is & Is Not

Every year, young men in seminary formation  come to the realization that priesthood is not their vocation.  If you don’t have a clear understanding of the discernment process or the … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Objection Series Part 2: But, I just want him to be happy!

How do you measure happiness? This post should appeal to those who are interested in hard data from reliable sources.  If your objection  arises from a belief that your son … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Objection Series: But I just want him to be happy!

If you have been following this series, you have seen  that the objections have been very specific. At first, I had many of these objections described in this series. When … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Feeling Discouraged

It’s well documented that parents discourage their children from entering religious life, but how should we respond?

January 1, 2017 · 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

Spiritual Direction

Fr. Dave gives some insight into the role and responsibilities of a spiritual director.

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Advice from a Seminarian

What three things should you know before you enter the seminary?

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Holy Acolytes!

It’s worth remembering the important milestones that mark a man’s progress toward ordination.

June 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Miracle of Priesthood

A brief reflection on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet the Parents Part 2: On this road with your son.

Do  you feel alone sometimes while your son is on this path of discernment?  Hopefully, this blog is one way for you to see that you are not alone and … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a 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

Objection Series: Celibacy or “You mean, no sex? Ever?”

As part of the Objection Series, I did not think I would be writing specifically about celibacy, although it can be an objection for parents.  I referred to celibacy in … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

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