The Journey begins with the call.

And continues with discernment.

Discernment meaning to sift through; to sort out.
This term is used frequently by those who are considering a vocation to the priesthood. The discernment process helps a young man to sort out “God’s call for him.”

1. Daily Mass

The sacrifice of the Mass is the Church’s greatest prayer of praise. At Mass we are fed and nourished by God’s work and the Body and Blood of Christ. A young man discerning a vocation to the priesthood is encouraged to participate in the daily celebration of Mass so that he can grow in his relationship with the Lord.

2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also very beneficial to a young man discerning a vocation. This is a powerful way to grow in love for the Eucharistic Lord and to grow in the spiritual life.

3. Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer is time set aside for God alone, usually in a quiet place at a specific time each day. This prayer time can consist of talking to the Lord in one’s own words or praying with the Sacred Scriptures, especially the Gospels. Developing the daily habit and pattern of prayer will help the young man to hear more clearly the call of the Lord.

4. Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is also very important when discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Speaking with a priest about one’s prayer life and seeking his advice on a regular basis is very helpful as one discerns a vocation to the priesthood.

5. Discernment Programs

Like a weekend retreat at the seminary, vocation evenings of recollection, or by joining a discussion group of other young men discerning a vocation are invaluable in helping one to come to greater clarity of God’s call to the priesthood.

6. Get Involved

Get involved in some form of service with the Church. For example: outreach to the poor, teaching religious education, lecture, taking Holy Communion to the sick, working with the youth of the parish, etc. are ways to give one a taste of “ministry” and can also increase one’s desire for ministry and service.

7. Devotion to the Blessed Mother

Praying the rosary daily and seeking the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary is recommended when a young man is discerning a vocation to the priesthood. The Blessed Mother had to respond to her vocation. She is most helpful in helping others obtain the grace to do the same.

8. Talk to a Vocation Director

To obtain further information about seminary and priestly life. The Vocation Director can also help one’s discernment through regular meetings so as to discern with the young man the authenticity of his call.

Contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Friel.


Key Steps

Newly Ordained Men

Meet the men who have been recently ordained as Diocesan Priests!
Click on their photo to hear their unique vocation stories.

Ordained Priests 2022

Reverend Andrew Auletta

Home Parish:  St. Andrew, Newtown
First Assignment:  St. Joseph, Downingtown

Reverend Sang Woo Chi

Home Parish:  St. Gabriel, Norwood
First Assignmnet:  St. Christopher, Philadelphia


Reverend Henry Graebe

Home Parish: St. Andrew, Newtown
First Assignment:  St. Eleanor, Collegeville

Reverend Andrew Lane

Home Parish:  Sacred Heart, Oxford
First Assignment:  Saint Timothy, Philadelphia

Reverend Ryan Nguyen

Home Parish: St. Martin of Tours, Philadelphia
First Assignment:  St. Bede the Venerable, Holland


Reverend Roneld Saint Louis

Home Parish:  St. William, Philadelphia
First Assignment:  Holy Innocents, Philadelphia


Get to know today’s Philadelphia Seminarians as they share their stories in this interactive poster.

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