Religious Discernment

Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision…. Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.

—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013


“A call from God to a distinctive state of life, in which the person can reach holiness.”

All of us are called by God to “Be holy because I am holy” (1 Pt 1:16). However, achieving

Sister Mary Mother of the Crucified with her father, John
Sister Mary Mother of the Crucified with her father, John

this goal in daily life can accomplished through several different paths, or vocations. Many are called to the vocation of Marriage. Others are called to the vocation of single life without any official affiliation. Some are specially called by God to be holy in a religious vocation; as Priest, Deacon, or Consecrated Religious. Discerning your vocation can be a difficult task as we seek to hear the still, small voice of God in a clamorous world. It is important to seek guidance on which path God is calling you to serve.


Are you ready to say YES! to God? Are you ready to become a priest? Christendom desperately needs holy priests, brave priests, virtuous priests! Perhaps you have what it takes to be one. You owe it to yourself to give the idea serious thought.

Archdiocese of Baltimore Vocations Office contact the Director of Vocations  The Catholic Priesthood (Youtube):

Why Become a Priest? Powerful Reasons, Great Answers!

The Chase Hilgenbrink Story Leaving Professional Soccer to be a Priest:  FOLLOW ME: Chase Hilgenbrinck  Chase Hilgenbrink: Sports Chaplain at Mount Saint Mary’s  How Should I Discern the Priesthood?

For Parents  Archdiocese of Baltimore:  FOLLOW ME: Chase Hilgenbrink: A Parent’s View: USCCB:

For more information, contact Monsignor Dick Murphy


“Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.”

In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy. Baltimore Vocations Office:  Elements of Formation Process:  Admission Requirements:

For more information, contact: Deacon Jim Barth, [Deacon Robert Price] or the Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Vocations at:


In this privileged state [the religious life] there is a happy and wonderful exchange; for goods of this world are given up and in their place the goods of Heaven are received. Treasures that will pass away are surrendered in exchange for treasures that last forever. Articles of no value are swapped for articles of priceless value. – St. Basil

Women Religious Life:

Sister Mary of the Christ Crucified Testimony: [Need written or video testimony] The Beauty of being a young nun:  The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Communities of Religious Women within Archdiocese of Baltimore:

For more information, contact: Sister Maria Luz, Archdiocese of Baltimore, 410-547-5584,

Men A Millennial Enters the Monastery:  Communities of Religious Men within Archdiocese of Baltimore: