Awareness and Discernment
Opportunities for individuals to further discern their possible call to priesthood in the diocese include weekend retreats, liturgical prayer experiences, one-on-one and group discussions, and seminary visitations.
Throughout the year, the Diocese of Greensburg offers weekend retreat experiences for those who may be discerning a call to the priesthood. These retreats vary slightly in style and form as well as in the diocesan geographical location in which they are held. They are beneficial for those who may be seeking a more structured opportunity for vocational discernment with other men who are also discerning their vocational call.
Liturgical Prayer Experiences
The Office for Clergy Vocations holds an evening or weekend day prayer experience different times throughout the liturgical year. These experiences consist of an opportunity to gather for prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and a conference relating to a vocational topic that corresponds with the theme of that particular liturgical season.
One-On-One & Group Discussions
These sessions occur during most vocation awareness opportunities with the vocation director, seminarians and/or clergy. This gives potential candidates the opportunity to ask questions, interact with and get to know a variety of the diocesan clergy and seminarians.
Potential seminarian candidates are invited to participate in special guest visits to a variety of different seminaries. Seminaries usually host these events during the fall and spring semesters. These opportunities are usually held over a weekend, however, depending on a candidate's schedule, they can also be individually arranged through the director for the Office for Clergy Vocations and a particular seminary.
If you have a particular question regarding your own discernment, please contact us for further information.