Christ Calls Ordinary Men to Live An Extraordinary Life.
AS STATED IN THE PROGRAM FOR PRIESTLY FORMATION ( USCCB 2006)
In the high school seminary, students acquire the basic skills and knowledge that enable them to pursue higher education. Catechesis should occupy a central position in the program of a high school seminary. This should include a solid foundation in spirituality and Catholic moral values.
A good high school education is a value in itself and an important step in the development of a priestly vocation. The primary intellectual goal of a high-school-level seminary should be a well-rounded secondary education as a preparation for college. Such formation must present the best available academic program, taking into consideration the needs of the student and the multicultural character of today’s Church. It should combine creativity, sound pedagogy, and a concern for academic standards.
The very reason for their existence presumes that high school seminaries offer an excellent curriculum of religious instruction. In addition to the major themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, these programs should provide courses in Church history and Catholic social teaching. The goal of this catechesis is to engage the young student in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and call forth a deep commitment to His mission and message to the world.
Believing that every Catholic young man should consider priesthood, the Rector meets weekly (Academic Mentoring Period) with all Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores who wish to consider a possible vocation to the priesthood. Using the two-year program The Melchizedek Project, this group of young discerners supports one another in prayer, reflection and growth in friendship with Christ. All students are encouraged to pray throughout their time at Cathedral “to know their vocation.” Remember: “If you hear something, say something.”
Click on http://thetablet.org/frassati-vocation-group/ to read more about the spiritual formation the young men receive during Father Fonti’s Discernment Group.
Click on http://netny.tv/episodes/currents/answering-radical-call-priesthood/#.VxEbqGP8Tdl to watch a clip about our men for greatness answering the “radical” call.
Prayer To Know One’s Vocation
Lord, my God and my loving Father, you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you, and thereby to find and to fulfill my deepest longings. I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you. ??But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you. Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind, to show me what you want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it, and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all of my strength right to the end. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen
“Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” – Pope Francis
Overcoming Fear of Priesthood
By Vianney Vocations | Published: November 3, 2015
by Sam Alzheimer
If you’re a young Catholic man, perhaps priesthood has crossed your mind, but fear pushes the idea away:
- My friends would laugh out loud if they heard I was thinking about the priesthood!
- My parents would be shocked.
- I’m scared to death of speaking in public.
- I’m nowhere near holy enough.
- I don’t want to give up sex.
- I’ll be lonely.
- Seminary may be too hard for me.
- Being a priest looks boring.
These fears are very common, even for men who are already in seminary. But literally thousands of men have had the same concerns and then went on to become holy and effective priests.
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