“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.”