In late 2019, Bishop Robert Brennan appointed Father William Hahn as vocations director for the Diocese of Columbus. After a transition period that began in early 2020, Father Hahn took over the role in July.
Not long after taking over as Vocations Director, Father Hahn sat down for a conversation about his personal discernment journey, and how he hopes to help others answer God’s call. He says, “When you are discerning, be open to how God is speaking to you. God has a unique and exciting pathway for you that’s going to be an adventure that only you can walk upon.“
The conversation is broken into a 6-part Video Chat Series:
- Chat 1 – My Personal Path to Discerning the Priesthood, Part 1
- Chat 2 – My Personal Path to Discerning the Priesthood, Part 2
- Chat 3 – Helping Others Find Their Path
- Chat 4 – Be Open To God’s Plan For You
- Chat 5 – What Does the Priesthood Look Like For You?
- Chat 6 – Resources to Assist You With Discernment
Through vocations, God calls us to build up society in a manner that reflects His love. By sharing his inspiration discernment story, Father Hahn hopes to provide guidance for those discerning their own vocation.
“It’s an exciting time to become a priest over the next few years. Young Catholics are becoming more intentional, more fervent,” Father Hahn points out. “We are entering into a time that is going to be more in accord with what the heart desires for those discerning a vocation in the priesthood. That desire to feed and nourish the spiritual life of the people.”
A prayer for vocations from Pope Francis:
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace.