Priesthood

“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...

Next Steps

Next Steps

Within your discernment, there are many things that can aid both growing in relationship with the Lord, and obtaining clarity towards what He wants for your life. Pray: asking the Lord to show you the vocation He has prepared for you and invites you to embrace....

Praying about the Priesthood

Praying about the Priesthood

What’s the best way to make such an important decision? As you contemplate what to do with your life, be confident that God has a specific plan for you, and that you can discover it through prayer.  Authentic prayer goes beyond saying an Our Father and a Hail Mary in...

What Do Priests Do?

What Do Priests Do?

Individual priests have a very wide variety of tasks within the Church. There are many specialized ministries such as being a chaplain, working at the diocesan offices, or teaching in a seminary. But the majority of priests serve in parishes.Priests instruct others...

Why Celibacy?

Why Celibacy?

Discerning Priestly Celibacy Are some of these your thoughts in regards to celibacy? “I really like girls!” “I have not always lived a chaste life. Can I still be considered for the seminary?” “I struggle with purity, so I’m not sure I possess the holiness that is...

Signs of a Priestly Vocation

Signs of a Priestly Vocation

How do I know God is calling me? If you have ever thought about being a priest, these qualities may be clues to a future priestly vocation: 1. God has placed in your heart a desire to be a priest. If Jesus has placed a desire in your heart for the priesthood, no...

Overcoming Fear of the Priesthood

Overcoming Fear of the Priesthood

Perhaps priesthood has crossed your mind, but fear pushes the idea away: Fear of commitment Fear of celibacy Fear of being unworthy These fears are very common, even for men who are already in seminary. But literally thousands of men have had the same concerns and...

Priesthood FAQ

Priesthood FAQ

1. What does a priest do? The purpose of a priest is to bring people to Jesus, and Jesus to people. He does this primarily by preaching the Word and offering the Sacrifice of the Mass. His daily life involves administering the sacraments—Baptism, Confirmation, the...

What is Seminary Like?

What is Seminary Like?

The seminary is the place where a man is formed mind, body, and soul into the image of Jesus Christ.  Seminaries are not places where men walk around in silence all day chanting in Latin. Rather, they are places of joy, camaraderie, and deep learning!   Today’s...