The Office of Vocations runs a number of discernment programs and opportunities that might be of interest to those considering a vocation to the priesthood.
For young men attending our Catholic high schools, the presence of a priest in your school is partially aimed at providing you a joyful example of the priesthood as well as a resource for discussing the possibility of the priesthood. He would be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.
For college-aged men at Rowan University or Stockton College, the same is true of the priest chaplain assigned there. He is there to help you on your journey of faith as you pray about your vocation in life.
Throughout the school year, the Office of Vocations holds two events each month:
The Young Adult Priesthood Discernment Group meets on Sunday afternoons for young men who are juniors in high school or above. This brings together the young men from our diocese who are considering the priesthood for mutual support as well as to discuss topics concerning discernment.
First Thursdays is a monthly Holy Hour for Vocations bringing together not only those considering the priesthood, but also everyone in a deanery who wants to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood for our diocese.
Project Andrew Dinners are scheduled periodically with Bishop Sullivan and some of our seminarians. These dinners are wonderful opportunities to hear from our bishop about his own call to the priesthood as well as his advice to those who are discerning.
iRace4Vocations is an annual event for all of the people of our diocese to join the Bishop in praying and racing for vocations to the priesthood. The 5k run/1.5 mile walk begins with Mass celebrated by Bishop Sullivan and ends with family entertainment. Participants are asked to bring pledges of prayers for vocations with them to iRace.
After participating in some of these events, especially the discernment group, if you and the Vocation Director decide that it is appropriate to apply for seminary formation, you will fill out an application which includes autobiographical information as well as a number of short answers. The application process includes interviews with members of the Vocations Advisory Board, references from others who know you, your educational history and transcripts, a background check, and a psychological evaluation (which is arranged and paid for by the Office of Vocations). It is a lengthy, but also fruitful, process for those who are considering the call to the priesthood.