Assessment and Application Process


Guided by our overall Archdiocesan goal to nurture and develop holy and well-formed priests, great care is taken to insure a careful and thorough assessment and application process for all potential seminarian candidates. This assessment and application process or sequence of events generally encompass the following:

Initial Contact

  • Through the recommendation of a priest, religious or lay person
  • By letter, email or phone call of inquiry
  • By active participation in camps, retreats, or other vocation office activities
  • Through introduction at parish, school, or Archdiocesan events

Initial Meeting

  • Establish seriousness of intention
  • Answer any questions the potential candidate might have
  • Begin to collect information: biographical data, age vs. maturity, level of involvement in parish, major obstacles, etc...
  • Appropriateness of dress and behavior
  • Communication skills
  • Interaction with seminarians and priests at seminary visits
  • Preliminary decision to continue or not

Formal Interview

Once contact is esablished, a formal interview follows between the Vocation Director and the potential candidate in which the following topics are discussed:

  • Personal health and well-being
  • Family and employment history
  • Religious and educational background

Application Process

Acceptance into the diocesan priesthood formation program requires that a candidate demonstrate emotional maturity, academic ability, personal stability and consistent growth in the patience of the faith. If, after the formal interview, the Vocation Director believes the individual possesses suitable psychological, intellectual and spiritual attributes, the candiate is then invited to begin the formal application process. This is typically a three month process and the Vocation Director will walk the applicant through every step.                             




The Vocation Office hosts a variety of events from retreats to discernment groups. 

JPII House

The JPII House is a residence for adult men to encounter Jesus Christ through a formative living experience. 



Parishes and men discerning the priesthood can find free resources here.


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