Discernment Groups and Social Distancing

Discernment Groups and Social Distancing

Is it possible to form a discernment group in the midst of a pandemic? For most Vocation Directors, contact with discerners and candidates has dwindled to a bare minimum. Overnight retreats aren’t possible. Day-long events are being cancelled. Even casual gatherings...
Stations of the Cross Guides

Stations of the Cross Guides

Slideshow – Stations of the Cross with Scenes from The Passion of the Christ POWERPOINt DOWNLOAD PDF DOWNLOAD Stations of the Cross for Children WORD DOWNLOAD PDF DOWNLOAD
Discernment During the Pandemic

Discernment During the Pandemic

by Sam Alzheimer If you’re discerning the priesthood, you have a choice over the next thirty days. You can either bemoan your isolation and put your discernment in “lazy limbo” or you can treat this challenge as an opportunity to dive deep. Since you’re a man striving...
The Virus and Vocations

The Virus and Vocations

How Vocation Offices can stay effective & relevant during the coronavirus slowdownBy Sam Alzheimer As normal life grinds to a halt, how can your Vocation Office still help young men? Guys have more time on their hands and may be experiencing isolation. The...
Don’t Be a Jumper or a Fence-Sitter

Don’t Be a Jumper or a Fence-Sitter

An excerpt from Chapter 14 of Fr. Brett Brannen's To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide to Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood When should I go to seminary? Virtus in medio stat (virtue is always in the middle). When it comes to timing, don’t be either a jumper...
Preaching about Vocations on Mother’s Day

Preaching about Vocations on Mother’s Day

by Sam Alzheimer This coming Sunday, Catholic parishes will no doubt honor mothers in the congregation. But because May 12 is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations, some priests will wonder how they can also work in a vocations message at Mass. Why not do both? Below...
The saint who started World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The saint who started World Day of Prayer for Vocations

by Sam Alzheimer A couple of months ago I ran across my great-grandmother’s prayer book, a small leather-bound tome which had obviously seen a lot of use. As I fanned through the pages, a prayer card fluttered out. It was a prayer for vocations written in 1964...
Priests Offer Advice after Community’s Surge in Vocations

Priests Offer Advice after Community’s Surge in Vocations

New book A Living Sacrifice offers guidance for men discerning religious life When Fr. Benedict Croell was vocation director for the Eastern Dominican Province of St. Joseph, over one hundred men entered his province in just eight years.  By any measure, that is a...
A “Discernment Detour” Leads Priest to Write New Book

A “Discernment Detour” Leads Priest to Write New Book

By Matt Yogus Back when Fr. George Elliot was in seminary, he ran into a dilemma. He knew he was being called to the priesthood, but after about a year of study, he met some wonderful religious priests from several different orders, and began to wonder, “What if I’m...
Skip Earth Day and Pray for Vocations Instead

Skip Earth Day and Pray for Vocations Instead

By Sam Alzheimer Recently, walking in the woods with my six-year-old daughter, I was amazed at how fluently she could speak about endangered animals. She chattered away about the last white rhino that died a few weeks ago. She knew about passenger pigeons who were...
Discernment: The Friendship Before Marriage

Discernment: The Friendship Before Marriage

By Mother Clare Matthiass, CFR Adapted from her book Discerning Religious Life Available at VianneyVocations.com Can you imagine starting a relationship with someone by taking him by the shoulders and exclaiming, “Am I supposed to marry you?” If he doesn’t break free...