“At a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: ‘Come, follow me!’”
Pope St. John Paul II
ABOUT THE PRIESTHOOD
A priest must be first and foremost God’s servant. He must serve the needs of his parish family and the Church with all his strength.
BASIC STEPS OF DISCERNMENT
We are all called to discern Gods will for us in all stages of life. The following are the basic steps of vocational discernment.
ABOUT THE SEMINARY
Learn about the seminaries for our diocese, cost of education, what a seminarian should expect, and more.
MEET THE SEMINARIANS
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is blessed to have 30 seminarians in formation for the priesthood in the 2021-22 academic year.
We will send you the most comprehensive and inspiring books ever written for men considering the priesthood, absolutely FREE! We can also connect you to discernment groups for men.
LITTLE FLOWER HOLY HOUR
Join us monthly as we pray for vocations. Each month is led by a different diocesan priest or deacon.
TALK TO A PRIEST
About a dozen years ago, I was where you might be right now: thinking about the priesthood.
A few years earlier, my pastor, Monsignor Bernie Galic, asked me if I wanted to go to dinner with the Bishop and the seminarians. I flatly told him, “No.” I had a great job, an apartment, a car, a decent income and a girlfriend. Life was good. My relationship with God and my Catholic faith were important to me. But to be honest, I hadn’t really thought about the priesthood since I was in kindergarten.
However, Monsignor Galic’s question got me thinking… why does he want me to consider the priesthood? Then I started thinking about what I was doing with my life. Was I doing the most with my life I possibly could? Could I make a greater contribution to society? If I could do anything, what would I do? Most importantly, what did God want me to do with my life?
So, I want to extend to you the same invitation Monsignor Galic extended to me… I want you to discern the priesthood. As you can see, there are plenty of resources and opportunities on this website. You should also talk to a priest.
Tell your pastor you are thinking about the priesthood. He will be delighted to hear from you and he will help, not hound you. You might also want to ask a good priest to be your spiritual director. A spiritual director will help you discern your vocation, develop a spiritual plan for life and serve as your confessor. As Vocation Director, I’ll be happy to help you find a good spiritual director and help you discern God’s vocation for your life.
Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Andrew Budzinski
Vocation Director – Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend