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 My Vocation
Lord, I want to be happy in this life
and spend eternity with You in the life to come.
From the first moment of my existence,
You knew my vocation.
Please help me discover Your plan for my life.
Help me to know myself.
Help me to overcome my fears.
Help me to want what You want.
Help me to trust You completely.
Send Your Holy Spirit into my mind and heart
so I can see the gifts You have given me
and hear Your call to serve the Church.
Increase my desire to bring others to You
and to help them reach heaven.
Mary Most Holy, Mother of God,
pray for me, that I can discover my vocation
and have the courage to respond in faith.
“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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