am I being called

to the priesthood?

We don't know. But God does. 

Am I being called to the priesthood? Could God actually want me to be His priest? How can I know for sure?

Discernment is the process by which we find answers to some of these burning questions. 


wishful thinking.  It isn't blindly willing something to happen. It isn't sitting around waiting for God to do something. It isn't goofing off until you can't anymore.

Discernment is not hiding and being afraid. It isn't ignoring others' opinions or insight. It isn't waiting for someone else to tell you what to do.

It isn't waiting for a miracle.

discernment is 

active. It is active participation with the Holy Spirit in seeking out God's will for your life. This often means talking to others.  

Discernment is exclusive.  It requires full commitment to a singular consideration, wholeheartedly seeking God's will and waiting for His response.

Discernment is prayerful. A healthy relationship with the Lord is vital to hearing and understanding His voice. Prayer will help develop this relationship.

Discernment is a process. It will take time and work. God will be with you every step of the way.

we can help

You don't have to wrestle with these questions alone.

Newark Priest is committed to helping young men discern their vocation.  We can offer you support, guidance, and a community of fellow brothers who are also discerning God's call for their lives.  Whether it's a simple question about discernment and the priesthood or a serious inquiry into the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to become a seminarian, we would love to talk it over with you.

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