Prayer for Vocations
God calls each person to a life of holiness and service, whether single, married, ordained or consecrated. The Diocesan Ministry of Vocations provides discernment opportunities, encouragement, support, education and resources for those responding to God’s call through the ministerial priesthood.
We are committed to fostering an environment where vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, the diaconate, and to committed vocations of the laity, whether to single life or married life, are valued and nurtured within the domestic church of the family and the local parish community.
God made you for a unique purpose. Even before you were born, He knew your vocation, your mission in life. And if you are a faithful Catholic man, God may be calling you for a higher purpose -- to become a Catholic Priest.
Priests have a critical mission: to bring people to Jesus and Jesus to people. They are spiritual fathers to thousands of Catholics. They preach the Gospel and offer the sacrifice of the Mass. In short, priests are living witnesses of Christ in the world -- men of strong character who stand out in our secular culture.
If you are presently discering, or think you are ready to enter into a discernment process, the following steps will be helpful:
To discern your vocation, be faithful to daily prayer. Try to attend daily mass if possible.
Prayerfully reading Scriputre can spark a profound converstaion between you and the Lord. Try Matthew 19:16-30, John 1:35-51 and Luke 14:25-33
Find a priest you trust and can talk to him about your spiritual life and your attraction to the vocation of the priesthood.
Pray for Courage
Considering a celebate life is difficult because our nature draws us toward family life. Give your concern about celibacy to the Lord. With God's help, your discernment will be much more peaceful.
Make a move
When the time comes, you must make a prayerful decision. If the Lord is calling you to the priesthood, do not delay! Trust in his love for you - then act!