Steps for Discernment


Four Easy Ideas:


  1. Ask God regularly what your vocation is and pray for guidance and insight
  2. Ask Jesus to be part of major decisions that you make in your life to make sure what you desire is what God desires
  3. Ask people who live different vocations (married, religious, priests) about the blessings and challenges of their vocation
  4. Ask people you trust and respect for guidance as to how they think God might be asking you to love


What are the Signs of a Call to Priesthood?

Most men called to the priesthood have experienced several (not necessarily all) of the following:


Uncommon Passion for the Faith

Men who enter the seminary know they are different than their buddies… faith seems to mean more to them than to many of their friends.


Sense of Responsibility

God doesn’t call every man to the priesthood. If those who are called don’t respond, how will our faithful people receive the Eucharist in the future? Men who respond to the call of priesthood do so partially because of a sense of responsibility to their Catholic brothers and sisters.


Can’t Shake the Possibility of Priesthood

No matter who they are dating, the job they have, the car they are driving or the house they own, the idea of priesthood keeps popping up in the minds of those called to priesthood.


Attracted to Serving God and Others

At their deepest level, men who enter the seminary will often say that serving God and his people are the things that bring them a deep sense of joy.

Scary but Thrilling at the Same Time

Fear often accompanies a calling to priesthood….initially, a man begins to think of all the reasons he could never become a priest. But there’s also a thrill at the same time…the thrill that comes when we think, "Maybe I could make a good priest."


Envision Yourself Taking on Some Role of the Priesthood

Many of those who enter the seminary will speak about having envisioned themselves as being effective at some aspect of priesthood: preaching, visiting the sick, celebrating the Eucharist, working with youth, evangelizing, working with the poor, etc.


Others Have Said, "You’d make a good priest."

God often speaks to us through other people. Men who become seminarians, are often told by friends, family members, co-workers or fellow parishioners that they have the qualities to make a fine priest.


“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” 

– Matthew 7:7 


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