Seminarian Parents

Parents' perspectives on a Catholic vocation journey

Discernment — It May Not Be What You Think

Is it really discernment or just wasting time?

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January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

What Would You Say?

In a recent episode of the Busted Halo Radio Show, Fr. Dave answers a question about discernment and models a great way to have a potentially difficult situation.

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Know Yourself – Know Your Vocation

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

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

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

The Miracle of Priesthood

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

April 17, 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

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

The Pope Frances Effect and Hope for the Future of Religious Vocations

As the US welcomes Pope Frances, I can’t help but wonder what the effect will be on those discerning or even thinking about discerning a religious vocation. I have read … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Objection Series: “He Will Have to Give Up So Much!” or Giving vs. Getting

Alright, can we just agree that every vocation has its difficult moments, challenges and rewards?   You can’t compare one to another and say one is more difficult than the other. … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment
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