Priesthood Discernment Group

What is the Priesthood Discernment Group?

The Discernment Group provides an opportunity for men to gather monthly and discuss issues concerning priestly life and ministry, to pray together for one another as vocations are discerned, and to provide support among those who are considering a call to follow after the heart of Jesus in the priesthood.

The Discernment Group is open to all men college age and older who want to meet informally once a month to discuss the possibility of priestly life and ministry. New members are always welcome!

What is the purpose of the Priesthood Discernment Group?

Prayer - introducing the rich tradition of Catholic prayer in its different forms; encouraging us to walk with the Father in discernment; allowing for silent, prayerful reflection on the evening’s theme; concluding with group prayer.

Educational - presenting the priestly and sacramental life of the Church in order to to assist and encourage participants to engage in thoughtful discernment about the nature of priestly life and ministry.

Communal - Inviting participants to pray for and support each other during their period of discernment. This aspect offers a rare opportunity to speak openly and on an ongoing basis about personal interest in a priestly vocation in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

What are the Expectations of Participants?

Past experience proves that those who have participated in the program on a consistent basis are able to reach a clear and joyful understanding of God’s will for their lives. Therefore, regular attendance is strongly encouraged.

Is this really for me?

Are you considering a call to priesthood? Would you like to know more about being a priest today? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then the Discernment Group is for you. In the group you will have the chance to meet other men thinking about priesthood and talk with several priests and seminarians as they discuss important issues in making an informed decision about their vocations. Click here to find out more about the St. Pius X Seminary.

To join the Discernment Group, simply email Rev. David Schatz at DBQCVO@arch.pvt.k12.ia.us.

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