Priestly Life and Ministry
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NEW Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening
Saying "Yes" When God Calls
The Art of Decision Making, by Sister
Paula Mary Palasz, CSSF
The Ages and Stages of Priestly Vocations
Celibacy: To Love as Jesus Loved
Signs of a Religious Vocation,
by Father Martin Pable, OFM Cap.
Why do men want to become priests today?
Qualities Needed in Candidates for Priesthood
Seminaries and Schools of Theology
College in Belgium: a Catholic theological seminary for
University of America,
Seminary College: Conception,
Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT
Saint Mary's Seminary:
Seminary of the University of St. Mary of the Lake:
Pontifical College Josephinum:
(College and Theology)
Pontifical North American College:
John XXIII National Seminary:
Heart School of Theology: Hales Corners,
Charles Borromeo Seminary:
John's School of Theology and Seminary
John Vianney Seminary: Denver, Colorado
John Vianney College Seminary:
John Vianney College Seminary:
Joseph's Seminary : Dunwoodie
Mary's Seminary at The University of St. Thomas:
Paul Seminary School of Divinity :
Cyril & Methodius Seminary:
Prayer to Know One's Vocation
Lord, my God and my loving Father,
you have made me to know you,
to love you, to serve you,
and thereby to find and to fulfill myself.
I know that you are in all things,
and that every path can lead me to you.
But of them all, there is one especially
by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me,
I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind,
to show me what you want of me; into my heart,
to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all my mind,
and with all my strength right to the end.
Heart of Jesus,
graciously listen to our prayers.
us generous hearts
to respond to your call in our
up courageous men and women
willing to follow after your heart
as priests, sisters, brothers,
parents and teachers to share the
faith and to encourage young people
to explore religious
all people, Lord, in your ways
of compassion, truth, and peace,
that we may find happiness
in fulfilling our vocation.
for Discerning a
Call to Priesthood
Asked Questions About Vocations
Asked Questions About College Seminary
Asked Questions About Older Priestly Vocations
Online Discernment Page
of My Life Vocational Guide
Additional Helps for those
from the Joliet Diocese
of Diocesan Priesthood?: The Vocation Discernment Group
God a Chance with Your Life: College Options for Those Thinking of
Special ... From the USCCB
Bishop's Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
Vocations & Priestly
Thoughts on Priestly Celibacy
excerpt from Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way! by Pope John Paul II
It is important to point out that there are profound theological
reasons supporting the discipline on celibacy.
The encyclical Sacedotalis Caelibatus, published in 1967 by my
venerable predecessor Pope Paul VI, synthesizes them as follows (cf. nn.
First and foremost there is a Christological motivation: as Mediator between
the Father and the human race, Christ remained celibate so as to dedicate
Himself totally to the service of God and men.
Those whose fortune it is to share in the dignity and mission of
Christ are called to share also in this total gift of self.
there is an ecclesiological motivation:
Christ loved the Church, offering Himself entirely for her sake, in
order to make her a glorious, holy, and immaculate Spouse.
By choosing celibacy, the sacred ministers themselves manifest the
virginal love of Christ for the Church, drawing forth the supernatural vigor
of spiritual fruitfulness.
Finally there is an eschatalogical motivation:
at the resurrection of the dead, Jesus said, “they neither marry
nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Matt 22:30).
Priestly celibacy proclaims the arrival of a new dawn of salvation,
and in a way it anticipates the fulfillment of the kingdom as it sets forth
its supreme values that will one day shine forth in all the children of God.