am I being called to the priesthood?

We don't know. But God does. Let's find out together.

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. 

what discernment is not

Discernment is not 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.

what discernment is 

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.

How 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.

 

THe Aspirancy program

The purpose of the Aspirancy Program is to assist men in the prayerful consideration of that question: am I called to the priesthood? Through this active and exclusive discernment program, an Aspirant can discover how God is calling him to give of himself to Christ and His Church.

After a period of aspirancy, the man will assuredly be able to make the decision to either enter the seminary or recognize that God may be calling him to religious or married life.

 

The Aspirancy Program is the first step towards serious discernment with the Archdiocese of Newark.
 

discernment steps

1. take your time

 There is no rush in finding your vocation. It is best to be patient and allow yourself to enter into a deeper relationship with the Lord.

2. pray

In an interview, Pope Francis stated that “Discernment is always done in the presence of the Lord, looking at the signs, listening to the things that happen...” In this quote, we find a solid foundation for discernment.  You must take time in the presence of the Lord to listen.  Take time each day in prayer (preferably before the Blessed Sacrament), entering into silence with the Lord and His Word, allowing Him to guide the conversation.  If you find yourself talking too much, just be still and listen. Check out our guide to Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).

3. frequent the sacraments

Be sure to attend Mass on a regular basis, daily if possible.  Frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a month.

4. seek spiritual direction

with a priest whom you look up to and trust.  Meet with him every few weeks to discuss how your prayer is going and what you think the Lord is whispering to your heart.

5. read

about the priesthood. It is a great way to hear the Lord’s call, as it will open your eyes to the wonder and beauty of this supernatural vocation. Reading the lives of the Saints can also be beneficial.  Take a few moments each day to devote to good spiritual reading.  Check  out our list of recommended books and documents to get you started.

6. get involved

with your parish.  Ask about the different ministries and volunteer programs they offer.  Some great ways to get involved include volunteering as a lector or Eucharistic Minister to help serve around the Lord’s altar; teaching RCIA or Religious Education to help share and pass on the faith to others; helping with visits to soup kitchens, prisons, and nursing homes.  All of these will help paint a picture of parish ministry.

7. contact your vocational director

The first contact should be your parish priest, as each priest is responsible for vocations within his parish. Tell him of your desire to become a priest and the previous steps you have been taking.  After doing that, he will point you to the Vocations Director. If, however, you do not feel comfortable speaking with your parish priest, you can contact the Vocations Office directly at 973-313-6190.

A spirit of sonship

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Archdiocese of Newark

Office of Priestly Vocations

Newark

Priest

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SEMINARY

400 SOUTH ORANGE AVENUE

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ 07079

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