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Christmas Discernment Retreat
For all men college age or older who are interested in learning more about and open to discerning a vocation to the Priesthood.

Friday, December 19 – December 21
Led by Fr. Joe Freedy
With Bishop David Zubik, Fr. Brian Welding, and Fr. Nick Vaskov

Join fellow Catholic men for a weekend of prayer, brotherhood, talks, and discernment.

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WHAT IS DISCERNMENT?

For twenty centuries, God has called men to serve Him as priests. For a handful, like St. Paul, the call is immediate and unmistakable. A few are guided by a quiet certainty since childhood, that life as a priest is all that they can imagine. For most, the call is more subtle—and in our hectic and relentlessly secular age, more likely to be drowned out. For all candidates, regardless of the age at which they begin the process, seminary formation is ultimately a process of discernment, of seeking the answer to the question “what is God’s plan for me?” Beyond the coursework and the changes in of lifestyle, this is a question that can only be answered through prayer. It is for this reason that the chapel is the heart of the seminary, for it is there that God’s will can be found and the groundwork laid for priests who will be men of prayer. For the professors and spiritual directors, the obligation is the same: with God’s help and the benefit of their own experience, to guide candidates to properly discern the divine plan.

  • Contact Fr. Freedy

    No one can discern their appropriate vocation without seeking advice and counsel. Fr. Joe strongly encourages you to fill out one of the forms on this site, or call or email him directly.

  • Prayer and Reflection

    Above all, a potential candidate for the Priesthood must concentrate on his prayer life. The call to the Priesthood, and the strength to persevere in that call, depend on a deep and fruitful spiritual life, the seeds of which can only be nourished by prayer. Mary, Mother of the Church, is also the Mother of Priests, and it is to her that every man who feels called to the Priesthood should entrust his vocation.

  • Formal Faith Formation

    Strengthened by hope and prayer, the candidate must then test the call through the process established by the Church for the formation of priests. The first year at the seminary is the “year of spirituality” called for by the Second Vatican Council. In addition to classroom work, there is an intense emphasis in forming the whole man so he can better discern God’s plan for him.

DISCERNING IN PITTSBURGH
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High School

Upcoming Events

Silver Ring Thing
January 16th 6:00pm
Sts. Simon and Jude Parish
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High School Vocation group events are for guys in high school who desire to know Christ, His plan for their lives, and who are interested in learning more about the Priesthood. We will follow the very successful format we use for the annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat including prayer, games and competition and lots of fun and brotherhood. Don’t Miss Out!

 

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College

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER – 12
College Discernment Group
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Christmas Discernment Retreat
December 19 – December 21

College Discernment groups are for men in college who are open to, want to know more about, or who have ever thought about a vocation to the Priesthood.  We’ll be meeting about once a month in the Rectory at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.  The format is simple: Evening Prayer, Share a meal, Discussion around a topic relevant to discernment using the book “To Save a Thousand Souls”, and close by praying night prayer.

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Post-College

Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER – 4
Post-College Discernment Group
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Christmas Discernment Retreat
December 19 – December 21

Post-College Discernment groups are for post-college guys who are open to, want to know more about, or who have ever thought about a vocation to the Priesthood.  We’ll be meeting about once a month at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.  The format is simple: Evening Prayer, Share a meal, Discussion around a topic relevant to discernment using the book “To Save a Thousand Souls”, and close by praying night prayer.

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31 CLUB

31 Club is a response to the Lord who asks us to pray for an increase in Priestly vocations. In becoming a 31 Club

member, you are committing to praying one Rosary specifically for an increase of Priestly vocations in the Diocese.

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