A podcast for anyone discerning a vocation to the Catholic priesthood.
One’s vocation from God is a deeply personal adventure. Yet frequently there are common threads that run through the Lord’s calling. Three Catholic priests sit down to discuss the familiar questions that come along with discernment while also sharing the joys and challenges of their own priestly adventure with God.
We’re here to answer questions, share our priesthood, and grow in openness to God’s will.
The Abuse Scandal and Discernment
A more somber episode. The reality of the abuse scandal cannot, nor should it be ignored, when discussing the possibility of discerning the priesthood. In this week's edition, the three priests talk about how it affected their discernment, their time in seminary and how they choose to live their priesthood.
What are you enthusiastic about? Not just what do you want to do, but what gives you life, animates your interrior, causes your heart to surge? Being able to answer that, can be a way to help you discern your vocation. Also, did you know Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a fan of the 4th of July? Who knew? Clearly, Fr. Chad did not.
Priests with Different Gifts
A listener writes: "Diocesan priests all live so differently from one another! They seem to all have very different spiritualities, different gifts and different talents which seem to shape the focus of their pastoral ministry. In what ways can these different gifts/talents be lived out in diocesan priesthood and in what ways have these differences affected the focus of your individual lives in the priesthood?" In this episode the priests attempt to answer this question while discussing the many different gifts and unique personalities of their brother priests.
Service as Way of Discernment
A call to the priesthood or religious life is a call to serve others. One of the ways we can tune ourselves to that discernment is getting out of our own head and taking concrete actions to volunteer and serve--even if it is just pulling weeds at your local college catholic campus center.
Sanctifying the Mundane
Summer is here. Time for ice-cream, saints and sanctifying the ordinary parts of life. The time for growing in holiness is not in the past or in the future, but right here in the moment. In this episode the three priests discuss discernment as it relates to the holiness of everyday life and what that really looks like.
Fr. Chad's Vocation Story
The final installment in our hosts sharing their vocation stories. This one includes bad hair, bad poetry, bad life decisions and a rickshaw. God's grace overcomes it all. This is how a priest gets made.