Are you interested in finding out more about the diocesan priesthood here in Cleveland?
First, take the time to check out our discernment resources and listen to some of the vocation stories we have posted. Then, we want you to know that we are here to accompany you as you discern further. Contact Fr. Mike, our Vocations Director, if any of the opportunities below interest you and to discuss the discernment and formation process here in the Diocese of Cleveland.
Types of Discernment Events
Do you ever ask: “What is a normal day in the seminary like?” or “What is the seminary community like?” It is easy to arrange a visit for a day or overnight for either the college or graduate level. Shadow one of our undergraduate or graduate students and follow his schedule of classes and daily events. These can be arranged any time during the academic year.
Good young adult camaraderie, excellent reflection and information, and discussion all take place during this six month series at the seminary. This monthly series for men who are already in college, have graduated, or are presently employed includes evenings of adoration, dinner with the seminary community, and then an evening presentation on a topic such as priesthood, seminary life, or discernment. Each participant is supported through meetings with the vocation director and a spiritual director through the course of the program. The aim of this program is to accompany a man further into a confident decision towards the vocation God has been revealing for him.
Come and be surprised about the goodness of seminary life during this weekend visit. Come and See Weekends usually begin on Friday evening and continue until community Mass and brunch on Sunday. Personal interaction with our seminarians, several presentations, time with the Lord Jesus in Eucharistic adoration, prayer and Mass with the seminary community, social time, free time to use the grounds or the gym, and an individual meeting with the vocation director all take place. This opportunity to experience first hand the awesome and healthy communities of Borromeo and Saint Mary is always an enjoyable, prayerful experience.
If you have questions about your discernment or are looking for some guidance, we invite you to contact the Diocese of Cleveland Vocations Director Fr. Mike McCandless.