“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.”

John 15:16

Two Bishop White seminarians admitted as candidates for Holy Orders

Two Bishop White seminarians admitted as candidates for Holy Orders

Seminarians Jacob McDougall and Nathan Ribb were admitted as candidates for Holy Orders by Bishop Thomas Daly during the Candidacy Mass at Bishop White Seminary in Spokane on April 18, 2024. McDougall is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon and Ribb...

What is Discernment?

What is Discernment?

Because a vocation is a serious commitment of one’s life to follow God’s call, proper effort and care are required to determine what God’s call is. This diligent consideration of what God is calling one to do is called vocational discernment. Proper discernment...

Seven Stages of a Diligent Discernment

Seven Stages of a Diligent Discernment

Please keep in mind that every vocation is a mystery, and thus every man passes through these stages differently on the way to priesthood. Some will pass through the first few stages only to discern that God is not calling them to priesthood. Others will keep going...

Six Ways to Discern Your Vocation

Six Ways to Discern Your Vocation

How can I know God’s plan for my life? Follow these recommendations, and God will help you to understand what He is calling you to do with your life! 1. Prayer Prayer is a conversation with God—not just saying prayers, but speaking to the Lord from your heart. Every...

Scriptures for Discernment

Scriptures for Discernment

Discipleship: Call and Response Old Testament Gen 12:1-9 The Call of Abram: Leave your country and family to come Gen 22:1-19 Faith to obey God: Abraham is commanded to offer Isaac Gen 37-50 God orchestrates our lives to bring us to our vocation: The Story of Joseph...

Interpreting the Signs

Interpreting the Signs

The overarching sign of a vocation will be an enduring attraction to the idea of the priesthood, accompanied by a deep sense of peace and joy in reflecting on this attraction. This does not mean the attraction will be without fears and anxieties. However, if the idea...

Books on Discernment

Books on Discernment

Books on Vocation Discernment To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan PriesthoodFr. Brett Brannen Priests for the Third MillenniumArchbishop Timothy Dolan Discerning the Will of GodFr. Timothy Gallagher A Living SacrificeFr. Benedict...

Prayers for Discernment

Prayers for Discernment

PRAYER TO DISCOVER MY VOCATION Heavenly Father, if it be your holy will that I am called to the vocation of marriage, please protect my future spouse. Keep him/her holy and pure so that when in your Divine Providence you bring us together, we may discover and foster...