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Steps of Discernment

Four simple steps to help you find direction regarding a choice of vocations.

Six Ways to Discern My Vocation

  1. PRAYER: Prayer is a conversation with God- not just saying prayers, but speaking to the Lord from your heart. Ask him to reveal his plan for you: "Jesus, I want to want what you want. Here I am Lord; I come to do your will." Trust that God has a plan for you.
  2. SACRAMENTS: The soul is the window through which we can see God and hear His voice. If the window is dirty because of sin, it must be cleaned through Confession so we can be in union with God. When you receive Communion, ask Jesus to show you your vocation.
  3. GOOD INFORMATION: It is impossible to discover your vocation without good information. What does it mean to have a holy Christian marriage? What do priests do? What is it like to be a religious sister or brother? Search for good information online, then take what you have learned back to prayer.
  4. GO ON RETREAT: Miracles happen on retreats! One of the surest ways to discover God's plan for you is to enter into silence and prayer over an extended period.
  5. GET ADVICE: Don't try to discern your vocation alone, without the help of the Church. Talk to a sister, brother, priest, or deacon you trust.
  6. THE BLESSED MOTHER: Mary is necessary. She is the ultimate example of openness to the will of God. Are you open to God's will for you? Pray three Hail Marys every day, specifically to know your vocation and have the courage to follow it.

When the time comes, you must act! Move in the direction your heart tells you, confident that God will never send you where his grace cannot sustain you!

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Additional Considerations

Academic Prerequisites for Priest Formation

Academic status and the prerequisites for the Priest Formation Program at Saint Francis Seminary.

Vocational Qualities

A comprehensive list of what the Catholic church looks for in candidates for the priesthood.

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