“A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people.”
Pope Francis

A nationwide initiative, the Melchizedek Project is a spiritual discernment group that helps high school and college-aged men consider a vocation to the Priesthood. Based on To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood by Fr. Brett Brannen, the overarching aim of The Melchizedek Project helps men hear the call of Jesus Christ and discover their true vocation.

“Great book for anyone discerning a call to the diocesan priesthood, or for those who simply want to learn more about what their friend, brother, son, relative is going through in his discernment.”

To Save a Thousand Souls has been called the “catechism of discernment,” and has been praised by dozens of bishops and Vocation Directors as the most complete guide for men considering the priesthood. Filled with inspiring stories, humor, and wisdom, the book is an easy-to-read yet deeply moving work. 

“Catholic men need to pray about their lives, listen for God’s voice, and get serious about answering his call.” 

“The book has been such a blessing in vocations work because it answers so many of the questions that those discerning have.  It is also an engaging read.  In fact, often I will ask a guy to read a chapter or two and then for us to meet and discuss only to find at the next meeting that they read a number of chapters beyond as they couldn’t put the book down,” says Father Hahn.

In the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, the Office of Vocations and Vocations Director, Father Hahn, is participating in the Melchizedek Project and hosting discernment groups for both high school and college-age men. While the goal of the Melchizedek Project is to help men discern a call to the priesthood, it is important to remember that those who participate do not need to want to become priests. It is simply a way to learn to hear God’s call – whatever it might be. 

“Perhaps in the future, God will call one of their sons to the priesthood, and that they need to be well-equipped to guide their sons.”



For more information on the Melchizedek Project or to simply have a conversation with someone who was once going through a similar discernment experience, contact Father Hahn, the Vocations Director.

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website, www.seekholiness.com.  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our seekholiness.com site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.


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In Christ,
Fr. William Hahn