“Father, our son is thinking about becoming a priest. We practice our faith. Honestly, we do not really understand much about the life of a priest. We are concerned he will not be happy. We want to have grandchildren. We feel a little overwhelmed. We are discouraging him, and we feel guilty.”


The more helpful position for parents would be to encourage a thorough discernment process and educate themselves on the vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood.

If your son is considering priesthood, talk with your pastor or a member of the Vocations Team about any questions you might have. Remember, their job is to help your son discover where God is calling him because that is where he ultimately will find true peace.

“God only calls a finite number of special men to the priesthood. These young men are not entering seminary wearing blinders. They know their discernment is countercultural by today’s society. The church today is in dire need of good priests. Why not your son? God will never abandon him.”                                             
-James Glenn, father of Father Ryan Glenn

I think my son is interested in Priesthood.

How do I help?

Check out resources made available by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or contact Father Alex Roche, our Diocesan Director of Vocations and Seminarians, or one of our Assistant Vocation Directors. We are here to support you every step of the way!