St. Joseph College Seminarian Charlie Plovanich continues his discussion with Theo McManigal and Dylan Conover on why more and more young men are responding to God's call to the priesthood. During this half hour, they discuss why the college seminary is a good fit for them at this point in their lives and what they've been discovering. http://www.archchicago.org/radioTV/programs/Vocations/
2014-03-03 Vatican Radio
Pope Francis on Monday asked the faithful to pray for vocations, so that God may send priests and nuns whose hearts are for Him only; free from the idolatry of vanity, of power and of wealth.
Speaking during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis took his cue from the Gospel reading of day which tells of a rich man who ran up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and asked him what he should do to inherit eternal life. This man – the Pope said – really wanted to hear what Jesus had to say. “He was a good man, a man who had observed the commandments from his youth, but this was not enough for him, he wanted more. The Holy Spirit was pushing him further”. Jesus looked at him, loved him and said to him: ‘Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor; then come, follow me’. At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions:
“His heart was restless, because the Holy Spirit was pushing him to get closer to Jesus and to follow him. But his heart was full and he lacked the courage to empty it. He made his choice: money. His heart was full of money…. But he was not a thief, or a criminal: no, no, no! He was a good man: he had never stolen! He had never cheated anyone: his money had been earned honestly. But his heart was imprisoned, it was attached to money and he lacked the freedom to choose. Money chose for him”.
Christian grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Mission, which he still considers his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Francis Li.
The best advice he received while discerning was to always allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, and be aware of the times you experience peace, joy, and happiness – because these positive emotions often indicate that you’re getting closer to what God is calling you to do. As a seminarian, Christian would advise anyone who is discerning to continue to pray, to seek spiritual direction, and to trust in the Lord. The love of Christ will always urge us on!
Agustin grew up and received his Sacraments at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monterrey, Mexico. He now considers Holy Name Cathedral his home parish. His current pastor is Msgr. Dan Mayall.
The best advice he received while discerning was, “Leave everything behind and you’ll have something greater.” As a seminarian, Agustin would advise anyone who is discerning to take a chance and see what happens.
Fr. Paul Stein, Rector of Saint Joseph College Seminary, gives 5 reasons every Catholic man should consider priesthood.
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2014-02-22 L’Osservatore Romano
During the Ordinary Public Consistory for appointed of 19 cardinals, Saturday morning, 22 February, in St Peter's Basilica, the Pope gave the following reflection.
“Jesus was walking ahead of them…” (Mk 10:32).
At this moment too, Jesus is walking ahead of us. He is always before us. He goes ahead of us and leads the way… This is the source of our confidence and our joy: to be his disciples, to remain with him, to walk behind him, to follow him…
When with the Cardinals we concelebrated the first Mass in the Sistine Chapel, the first word which the Lord proposed to us was “to walk”, to journey with him: to journey, and then to build and to profess.
Today this same word is repeated, but now as an action, an action of Jesus which is ongoing: “Jesus was walking…” This is something striking about the Gospels: Jesus is often walking and he teaches his disciples along the way. This is important. Jesus did not come to teach a philosophy, an ideology… but rather “a way”, a journey to be undertaken with him, and we learn the way as we go, by walking. Yes, dear brothers, this is our joy: to walk with Jesus
Deacon Francisco grew up and received his Sacraments at: San Gerardo Ma. Mayela, Monterrey, Mexico. He now considers St. Sylvester in Chicago his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Sam Mukundi. .
The best advice he received while discerning was do not be afraid. As a seminarian, Deacon Francisco would advise anyone who is discerning to: listen to the voice of the Lord who speaks in many ways.
It’s Not Just “What Do I Want to Do” But “Who is God Calling Me to Be.” Join Fr. Paul Stein, Rector of Saint Joseph College Seminary, for this informational series that will give you practical tools, suggestions and insights as you pray about your future.
What and When: 3 Topics and 3 Wednesdays in March
Begins with Mass at 10am and Concludes at 11:30am
How to Discern: March 12
Different Ways to Serve: March 19
How to Pray for Direction: March 26
Where: Queen of the Rosary Church
750 Elk Grove Blvd. - Elk Grove Village, IL - (847) 437-0403
Who: For Homeschool Families (8th grade and up) but great also for anyone who wants to know more!
From: Same team that brought you Philosophy 101 and Classic Apologetics, who now brings you a new 3-part series:
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Deacon Jamie grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Edna in Arlington Heights. He now considers St. James in Arlington Heights his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Matt Foley. Deacon Jamie attended high school at Northridge Prep.
The best advice he received while discerning was to trust that God will provide where you lack and focus on all that God is giving to you, not what you are giving up. As a seminarian, Deacon Jamie would advise anyone who is discerning to trust God as your loving Father. You will never be certain; if God is calling, take the leap of faith, like a child jumps from a diving board into the loving hands of his father.
Deacon Dan grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, and St. Zachary. He now considers St. James on Wabash his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Ed Linton, O.S.B.
The best advice he received while discerning was, “If you reach a point where you feel like you can’t decide, pick a direction and see how it goes.” As a seminarian, Deacon Dan would tell anyone who is discerning that even if it feels like you are risking everything, you will lose absolutely nothing by coming to seminary. Here, you will find who Christ has called you to be.
Deacon Connor grew up and received his Sacraments at Sacred Heart in Winnetka, which he still considers his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Bob Heidenreich.
The best advice he received while discerning was to develop a habit of regular prayer. As a seminarian, Deacon Connor would advise anyone who is discerning to go to Mass as often as you can, read the Scriptures, get a spiritual director, and PRAY.
Deacon Juan Luis grew up and received his Sacraments at San Jose in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico. He now considers Our Lady of Lourdes his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Michael Shanahan.
The best advice he received while discerning was, “If God is calling you, He will also take care of the rest; you just say ‘YES, I’m here.’” As a seminarian, Deacon Juan Luis would give the same advice to anyone who is discerning.
2014-01-27 Vatican Radio
Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Monday morning in the chapel of the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta residence. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father spoke of the Church as a divinely ordained institution in which some individuals – the men who answer the call to become priests and bishops – are specially anointed to serve the people of God. The Pope thanked the many holy priests who give their lives in the anonymity of their daily service.
Commenting on the first reading of the day, which speaks of the tribes of Israel that anoint David as their king, the Pope explained the significance of spiritual anointing, saying, “Without this anointing, David would have been only the head,” of the, “company” of a “political society, which was the Kingdom of Israel” He would have been a mere, “political organizer.” Instead, “After the anointing…the Spirit of the Lord,” descends upon David and stays with him. Scripture says that David continued to grow in power, and that the Lord was with him. “This,” said Pope Francis, “is precisely the difference anointing makes.” The anointed one is a person chosen by the Lord. So it is in the Church for bishops and priests:
Deacon Marek grew up and received his Sacraments at Holy Trinity, Czarny Dunajec, Poland. He now considers St. Albert the Great in Burbank as his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Michael Zoufal.
The best advice he received while discerning was, “You will make a good priest!” As a seminarian, Deacon Marek would advise anyone who is discerning: “Don’t be shy! If you think that God is calling you to be a priest or religious, come and talk to the priest or vocation director. Take it to prayer and consider giving yourself to Jesus in a life that is really worthwhile.”
2014-01-16 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis invites young people to “listen to and follow Jesus, and to allow yourselves to be transformed interiorly by his words” in his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which is marked on May 11.
“A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life,” writes Pope Francis. “No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.”
The full text of the Message is below.
Jerry grew up and received his Sacraments at St. Mark. He now considers St. Aloysius as his home parish. His current pastor is Fr. Nicholas Desmond.
The best advice he received while discerning was to trust in the Lord. As a seminarian, Jerry would advise anyone who is discerning to, “Pray, pray, pray!”
2014-01-11 Vatican Radio
At his daily Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about the priesthood. A true priest, he said, anointed by God for His people, has a close relationship with Jesus. When that relationship is missing, the priest becomes “smarmy,” [unctuous, It: unctuoso] an idolater, a worshiper of the “god Narcissus.”
Pope Francis’ homily was entirely dedicated to the priesthood. Commenting on the passage from first letter of St. John, where the Apostle says that we have eternal life because we believe in the name of Jesus, the Pope asks about the relationship of priests with Jesus, because “the strength of a priest is in this relationship.” When Jesus was growing in popularity, the Pope said, “He went to the Father,” He retreated “to a deserted place to pray.” This is a kind of “touchstone for priests” he said: whether or not we seek to find Jesus. “What is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? Is it a living relationship, from the disciple to the Master, from brother to brother, from the poor man to God, or is it a somewhat artificial relationship... that does not come from the heart?”
“We are anointed by the Spirit, and when a priest is far from Jesus Christ he can lose this unction. In his life, no: essentially he has it... but he loses it. And instead of being anointed he ends up being smarmy. And how damaging to the Church are smarmy priests! Those who put their strength in artificial things, in vanity, in an attitude... in a cutesy language... But how often do we hear it said with sorrow: ‘This is a butterfly-priest,’ because they are always vain... [This kind of priest] does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ! He has lost the unction: he is smarmy.”
THE CALL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CONSIDER A VOCATION may sometimes be a gentle voice stirring the soul or a personal longing in our hearts. It may be the urging of friends or spouses. It can also find birth in the invitation of pastors, deacons and parish leaders to pursue such an inquiry.
WHO: All interested men, and their wives, if married
FACILITATOR: Deacon Bob Puhala , Director, Institute for Diaconal Studies,
University of Saint Mary of the Lake
INFORMATION: Please contact Deacon Jerry Nora, 847.837.4548 or
EXPLORING THE DIACONATE – VICARIATE SESSIONS
Vicariate IV: January 14, St. Barbara, Brookfield, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Prairie Room A&B (Parish Center); call 708.485.2900
Vicariate VI: January 29, St. Andrew the Apostle, Calumet City, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: School Building; call 708.862.4165
Please join us, with your wives, if married, as we explore the potential of a
vocation, engage in dialogue and pray in search of the next step.
All are welcome to attend any of the sessions. No registration required.
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Exploring Priesthood Weekend
A retreat designed to help men who are, college age and older, discern God’s call to priesthood. Throughout a weekend of prayer, discussion, and group interaction, men begin to understand God’s movement in their life.
Practical steps for discerning a vocation
Values of priesthood
Vocational journeys of priests and seminarians and how they came to understand God’s call
Seminary life, academics, and formation
Mundelein Seminary 1000 East Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL. Located about 30 miles north of
Chicago, easily accessible by car or train.
You can obtain further information or make a reservation by contacting Fr. Francis Bitterman at 312-534-8298, firstname.lastname@example.org .