About the
Melchizedek Project

“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:17

About the Melchizedek Project

“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:17

Priesthood Discernment Groups

The Melchizedek Project

The Melchizedek Project is an initiative to form six-week discernment groups at colleges, high schools, and parishes. The goal is to provide information and support for young men as they discern a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. Most young Catholic men lack the in-depth information they need to prayerfully discern their vocations. Small discernment groups provide a good support structure for men as they “dive deep” into the discernment process.

Priesthood Discernment Groups

The Melchizedek Project

The Melchizedek Project is an initiative to form six-week discernment groups at colleges, high schools, and parishes. The goal is to provide information and support for young men as they discern a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. Most young Catholic men lack the in-depth information they need to prayerfully discern their vocations. Small discernment groups provide a good support structure for men as they “dive deep” into the discernment process.

GROW IN FAITH & FELLOWSHIP

Build Fraternity while Discerning the Priesthood

The groups are fruitful for two main reasons. First, because they foster good relationships among young men and priests. Second, because they approach priestly discernment with the wisdom and guidance of the best two books on the subject: To Save a Thousand Souls and Priests for the Third Millennium. This content, along with the videos and discussion guides, helps men approach their vocations with grace and maturity. Hundreds of seminarians credit the program for giving them the clarity to take the next steps toward the priesthood.

GROW IN FAITH & FELLOWSHIP

Build Fraternity while Discerning the Priesthood

The groups are fruitful for two main reasons. First, because they foster good relationships among young men and priests. Second, because they approach priestly discernment with the wisdom and guidance of the best two books on the subject: To Save a Thousand Souls and Priests for the Third Millennium. This content, along with the videos and discussion guides, helps men approach their vocations with grace and maturity. Hundreds of seminarians credit the program for giving them the clarity to take the next steps toward the priesthood.

LEARN TO DISCERN

Helping Men Respond to Call of Jesus

The mission of The Melchizedek Project is to help men hear the call of Jesus Christ and discover their true vocations. This initiative is supported by your donations and by The Foundation for Priestly Vocations. It is run by Vianney Vocations.

LEARN TO DISCERN

Helping Men Respond to Call of Jesus

The mission of The Melchizedek Project is to help men hear the call of Jesus Christ and discover their true vocations. This initiative is supported by your donations and by The Foundation for Priestly Vocations. It is run by Vianney Vocations.

Cost

Training, videos, and discussion guides are free of charge. We ask groups to contribute to the cost of books if they are able, or if not, we will provide a scholarship.

Cost

Training, videos, and discussion guides are free of charge. We ask groups to contribute to the cost of books if they are able, or if not, we will provide a scholarship.

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Learn to Be a Leader

Get Books & Field Guides

Structure of the Groups

The discernment groups meet for six consecutive weeks, plus have a social outing and complete a service project. Videos and discussion guides provide excellent structure, so there is no need to “invent” content for each meeting. Topics correspond to the most important chapters in the books, such as celebrating Mass, hearing Confessions, developing a prayer life, the nature of the priesthood, overcoming common discernment fears (especially celibacy), finding a spiritual director, etc. Minimal preparation is needed for leaders or participants, as key passages of the book are read aloud and discussed.

Structure of the Groups

The discernment groups meet for six consecutive weeks, plus have a social outing and complete a service project. Videos and discussion guides provide excellent structure, so there is no need to “invent” content for each meeting. Topics correspond to the most important chapters in the books, such as celebrating Mass, hearing Confessions, developing a prayer life, the nature of the priesthood, overcoming common discernment fears (especially celibacy), finding a spiritual director, etc. Minimal preparation is needed for leaders or participants, as key passages of the book are read aloud and discussed.

Who leads the Discernment Group?

Every situation is different, so the program is flexible. However, almost all groups are led by a priest, either the Vocation Director, a college chaplain, or a parish priest.

Wondering how to best lead the group? Don’t worry; we have excellent Zoom training sessions for new leaders. We’ll walk you through forming the group, running the meetings, building camaraderie, and more. The training is led by fellow priests who have experience leading healthy groups.

About the Book

To Save a Thousand Souls

To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood is a ground-breaking book that has been hailed as a “catechism of discernment.” It has been praised by dozens of bishops and Vocation Directors as the most complete guide for men considering priesthood.

Filled with inspiring stories, humor, and wisdom, the book is an easy-to-read yet deeply moving work. One young man recently sent us a letter of thanks, saying “Your book single-handedly answered so many of my unanswered questions and fears about my search to accept God’s will.” Everywhere we go, seminarians tell us the book was instrumental in their journey.

The author, Fr. Brett Brannen, is a priest of the DIocese Savannah, where he serves as Vocation Director. He has also served as Director of Spiritual Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum and the Vice-Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.

About the Book

Priests for the Third Millennium

In what has been described as a “rallying cry for future priests,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Priests for the Third Millennium offers a realistic but heroic vision of the priesthood, outlining what it takes to be an effective priest in today’s Catholic parish.

With his command of Church history, trademark candor, and keen insight into human nature, Cardinal Dolan proposes key virtues for the future priest, illustrated with anecdotes from his extensive experience.

Since its original publication in the year 2000, Priests for the Third Millennium has shaped how men envision the Catholic priesthood—and offered clear advice on how to mold one’s life to become a faithful shepherd for the Church.

About the Book

To Save a Thousand Souls

To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood is a ground-breaking book that has been hailed as a “catechism of discernment.” It has been praised by dozens of bishops and Vocation Directors as the most complete guide for men considering priesthood.

Filled with inspiring stories, humor, and wisdom, the book is an easy-to-read yet deeply moving work. One young man recently sent us a letter of thanks, saying “Your book single-handedly answered so many of my unanswered questions and fears about my search to accept God’s will.” Everywhere we go, seminarians tell us the book was instrumental in their journey.

The author, Fr. Brett Brannen, is a priest of the DIocese Savannah, where he serves as Vocation Director. He has also served as Director of Spiritual Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum and the Vice-Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.

About the Book

Priests for the Third Millennium

In what has been described as a “rallying cry for future priests,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Priests for the Third Millennium offers a realistic but heroic vision of the priesthood, outlining what it takes to be an effective priest in today’s Catholic parish.

With his command of Church history, trademark candor, and keen insight into human nature, Cardinal Dolan proposes key virtues for the future priest, illustrated with anecdotes from his extensive experience.

Since its original publication in the year 2000, Priests for the Third Millennium has shaped how men envision the Catholic priesthood—and offered clear advice on how to mold one’s life to become a faithful shepherd for the Church.

Who leads the Discernment Group?

Every situation is different, so the program is flexible. However, almost all groups are led by a priest, either the Vocation Director, a college chaplain, or a parish priest.

Wondering how to best lead the group? Don’t worry; we have excellent Zoom training sessions for new leaders. We’ll walk you through forming the group, running the meetings, building camaraderie, and more. The training is led by fellow priests who have experience leading healthy groups.

For Vocation Directors

Starting a Network of Discernment
Groups in Your Diocese

Many dioceses run multiple discernment groups on college campuses and at Catholic high schools and parishes. If you’re a Vocation Director and would like to start a network of groups, we’ll help you invite priests and provide them with the materials they need.

1

Request Sample Packets

Typically, Vocation Directors submit a list of hand-picked campus ministers and priests, to whom we ship a free packet explaining how to begin a discernment group, and inviting them to Leader Training. You can email us your list; please be sure to include both mailing addresses and email addresses.

2

Leader Training

Once priests have agreed to lead groups, they’ll need to attend Leader Training sessions. There are two opportunities per semester, each consisting of three sessions

3

Request Materials

At least 10 days before the first meeting, leaders should visit this site to request books and discussion guides for the men who have committed to the group. Request Materials

For Vocation Directors

Starting a Network of Discernment
Groups in Your Diocese

Many dioceses run multiple discernment groups on college campuses and at Catholic high schools and parishes. If you’re a Vocation Director and would like to start a network of groups, we’ll help you invite priests and provide them with the materials they need.

1

Request Sample Packets

Typically, Vocation Directors submit a list of hand-picked campus ministers and priests, to whom we ship a free packet explaining how to begin a discernment group, and inviting them to Leader Training. You can email us your list; please be sure to include both mailing addresses and email addresses. Or use our online form to request startup packets.

2

Leader Training

Once priests have agreed to lead groups, they’ll need to attend Leader Training sessions. There are two opportunities per semester, each consisting of three sessions

3

Request Materials

At least 10 days before the first meeting, leaders should visit this site to request books and discussion guides for the men who have committed to the group. Request Materials