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Join Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican as they explore the richness of priestly vocations and share how each of us can support this mission.
The Office for Priestly Vocations is the chief promoter of vocational awareness for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Detroit. We are Men of the Hearts because both the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus beat as one to animate the call in young men.

Men of the Hearts Detroit Priestly Vocations

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Join Fr. Craig Giera and Fr. David Pellican as they explore the richness of priestly vocations and share how each of us can support this mission.
The Office for Priestly Vocations is the chief promoter of vocational awareness for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Detroit. We are Men of the Hearts because both the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus beat as one to animate the call in young men.

    Signs from God

    Signs from God

    Fr. Craig and Fr. David discuss signs from God, how we can prepare for them, and what signs might indicate a calling to the priesthood.


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    (0:59) Fr. Craig and Fr. David share updates from the past month. Fr. David mentions the snow chapel Divine Child built and the outdoor Mass they held, and Fr. Craig shares that the Vocations Office has started making sweatshirts, mugs, water bottles, and other merchandise. Fr. Craig also talks about the idea he’s had to use his artwork as a visual way to explain what vocations are. Fr. David also gives us a monthly Costco update!


    (8:14) Fr. Craig introduces this episode’s topic: the signs we receive from God. He reflects on the goodness of a push in the right direction from God, but also the risk we run of almost testing him. Fr. David talks about the stories of Zachariah and Mary, the basis of the incredulity each one felt when visited by the angel, and, as a result, the different outcomes of their responses.


    (11:42) Fr. Craig reflects on Mary’s fiat as a vocation and considers artistic depictions of the Annunciation in which she is always reading scripture, preparing herself for whatever is to come. He and Fr. David both share experiences of times in their lives when they’d been asking for signs, maybe even testing the Lord a little.


    (16:10) The two reflect on the need to, like Mary, be prepared when you receive a sign, because the sign is just a guide or instruction, not a full description of what’s supposed to happen. Fr. Craig discusses the need for relationship in following the signs that God has set.


    (19:42) Fr. David talks about his life before applying to the seminary. He mentions his family praying the rosary together, jobs he worked in high school, and his relationship with the Bible helping him to hear God’s voice. He also mentions choosing St. Matthew as his confirmation saint for Matthew’s immediate response to Jesus’s call.


    (22:30) Fr. Craig reflects on the small signs we tend to miss, and how common this is when men are considering priesthood. A notable sign that Fr. Craig and Fr. David mention is the frequency of others telling them they’d make a good priest. They share some of their reactions when people would say this.


    (29:28) Fr. David and Fr. Craig shares that individuals who want to support the mission of vocations can do so by telling men they’d make good priests, and that this action can help people share in the graces of those priests. They relate this to St. Therese of Lisieux, who never traveled but is the patron of missionaries because of her intercessory prayer. They swap stories of others who are praying for them and discuss the power of prayer not only for priests, but for vocations.


    (33:11) The two consider more signs that drew them to the priesthood, and Fr. Craig reflects on being attracted to the Church and being interested in being in and around her. They look at this especially through the lens of being altar servers.


    (37:10) Fr. Craig shares a story of a grand, miraculous sign the Lord showed him that led him to eventually apply to Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He affirms, too, that God can work in big ways, but he usually moves in the everyday.


    (42:42) Fr. David shares the sign God gave him in the form of complete peace that helped him fully realize that he wanted to be a diocesan priest rather than a religious order priest. The two discuss the joy of seeing priests as real people, and the grace that comes from being in the seminary with a hundred other men with the same interest.


    (46:38) Both Fr. Craig and Fr. David affirm that the seminary is still time for more discernment and no one has to have the whole plan figured out in order to take the next step, but that everyone they know who attended the seminary — whether they became priests or not — remembers the formation fondly. They reflect on

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    Meet Fr. Craig and Fr. David

    Meet Fr. Craig and Fr. David

    In this first episode of Men of the Hearts, hosts Fr. Craig Giera, Director of Priestly Vocations, and Fr. David Pellican, Associate Pastor at Divine Child Parish, introduce themselves, their vocation stories, and what to expect in the future of the podcast.


    Show notes:


    (0:05) Fr. Craig and Fr. David introduce themselves, their lives as priests so far, and talk a little bit about their life as housemates in the same rectory as well.


    (3:31) Fr. David shares a little bit more about his background, his family, and what it was like growing up with seven sisters. Fr. Craig talks about his school years, as well, and how his journey to the priesthood differed from Fr. David's.


    (7:39) Fr. Craig introduces the inspriation for the podcast, as well as the Office of Priestly Vocations' new visual identity. He and Fr. David then discuss the relationship between the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and how they work together to inspire priestly vocations in young men.


    (16:12) Fr. David shares his vocation story, discussing when he first felt called and how that evolved over time into God's invitation to "try it out".


    (23:40) Fr. Craig reflects on his vocation story as well, sharing how God spoke to him through beauty and art, and the importance of silence in hearing his voice.


    (29:35) Fr. David and Fr. Craig discuss God's infinite love as a gift, not something that we can merit or earn, and that God can take any individual and create great things, as long as we are open to him.


    (34:16) Fr. Craig and Fr. David reflect on the adventure that is a life of following God, and Fr. Craig gives an overview of what to expect from Men of the Hearts moving forward.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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MFC27 ,

Great show with great potential

I’m so excited about this project and look forward to the conversations that will take place. I truly hope everyone -but most especially discerning men - give this a listen as a means to help them personally discern Gods will more easily.

DMGace1$ ,

Very informative!

Great listen with lots of great information. Can’t wait to hear more.

Steve in the D ,

Chill and informative

Good convo about discernment by two easy going priests. Loved it

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