Where can my son get more information to help with his decision?
Your son should speak with a spiritual advisor: a priest or sister can help enter a discussion and conversation about readiness and answering God’s ‘call.’ Take advantage of opportunities to spend time with seminarians and get a taste for seminarian life. Look into discernment retreats, parents dinner with the Bishop, and live-in seminarian weekends at the Pontifical College Josephinum.
Will my son be lonely?
Priests are surrounded by people. There can be lonely moments in any vocation, marriage included, but the job of a priest is to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus. Seminaries hold multiple classes teaching men how to form good, healthy relationships with people in their parishes.
What if my son is unhappy?
A book entitled, “Why Priests are Happy,” by Msgr. Stephen Rosetti, finds that 92% of priests report being happy and that the key factor to their happiness is an “inner peace.” Deacon Kyle Tennant at the PCJ puts it this way. “The more we respond to God’s love, the happier and more fulfilled we are.”
What if we can’t afford the Seminary?
Don’t let money be an obstacle in your path. Room and board is provided for seminarians in the Columbus Diocese. Tuition is considered on an individual basis. See Father Noble, Director of Vocations for Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus for more information.
Practical Ideas for Parents
Strive to create a Christian home environment where holiness and virtue can flourish:
- Be positive role models and show your children a good example of a holy marriage.
- Attend an ordination (Diaconate Ordination, May 3, 2019 and Priestly Ordination, May 25, 2019, at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio)
- Invite a priest, brother or sister to dine at your home.
- Pray the diocesan prayer for vocations at supper.
- Talk about the clergy and the Church with respect and admiration.
- Read and discuss the Bible stories of Mary’s response to God (Luke 1:26-39), and about Jesus’ calling the Apostles (Mt 4:18-22).
- Speak openly of vocations to marriage, priesthood, and religious life.
If your child asks questions that you cannot answer, look for information online together. That shows that you take their inquiries seriously, and that it is important to search for answers.