Discernment Resources

If you are prayerfully discerning a call, or just looking into the priesthood, permanent diaconate, or the religious life here are some helpful links and resources that may aide in the process of prayerfully considering where God is call you.

Vocation Links




Important Church documents on the priesthood

Presbyterorum Ordinis – Vatican II decree on the ministry and life of priests.

Pastores Dabo Vobis (I will give you shepherds) – An Apostolic Exhortation by Pope John Paul II on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day.

Holy Father’s messages on this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations - Annual messages by Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Vocations: Everybody’s Business - Pastoral letter by Bishop Sean O’Malley of Fall River, Massachusetts. Provides a good all-around picture of the priestly vocation, the nation’s vocation picture, the importance of encouraging priestly vocations and what we can do to encourage vocations.

Blogs and Web Sites for Further Discernment

http://substancehopedfor.blogspot.com/ -This is the blog of Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB., the current Rector of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Saint Meinrad, IN. The information contained in this blog is mainly conference given at the seminary and homilies.

http://www.wordonfire.org/ -Word on Fire is the web site of Fr. Robert Barron. Fr. Barron is the rector of Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, IL. This web site contains a wealth of information surrounding Catholic identity.


USCCB initiative: For your Marriage

Other books related to the priesthood, vocation and celibacy
(These books are linked for purchase on Amazon.com)

“Gift and Mystery” by Pope John Paul II (ISBN-10: 0385493711)

“Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way” by Pope John Paul II (ISBN-0-446-57781-2)

“Peter on the Shore: Vocation in Scripture and in Real Life” by Anthony Bannon, L.C. (ISBN-10: 0965160106)

“To Save A Thousand Souls: A Guide to Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood” by Fr. Brett Brannen, Vice Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmetsburg, MD. (ISBN-978-0-615-34551-2)

“The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul” Translated by John Beevers (ISBN-978-0-385-02903)

“The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass As Heaven On Earth” by Scott Hahn (ISBN-0-385-49659-1)

“Six Books On the Priesthood” by St. John Chrysostom, Trans. by Graham Neville (ISBN 13: 978-0-913836-38-5)