Course 1

Priesthood 101

Explore the sacred ministry of the priest: what it’s like to say Mass, hear confessions, preach, and be the spiritual father of a parish community.

Uses the book Priests for the Third Millennium

Best for: New groups of men who are not very familiar with the priesthood.

Course 2

Discernment Basics

Learn to discern a call to the priesthood: signs of a priestly vocation, overcoming fears, and cheerfully discerning celibacy.

Uses the book To Save a Thousand Souls

Best for: New groups of men who have some familiarity with the priesthood and want to dive into discernment.

Course 3

Priesthood 201

Learn and discuss priestly life: celibacy, the Liturgy of the Hours, obedience, simplicity of life, and the day-to-day ministry and spirituality of a priest.

Uses the book Priests for the Third Millennium

Best for: Men who have completed Priesthood 101 or Discernment Basics, and want to learn more about priestly life.

Course 4

Discernment to Decision

Learn about seminary, the stages of discernment, and how to take the next practical steps toward seminary—or peacefully close the door.

Uses the book To Save a Thousand Souls

Best for: Men who are further along in discernment and need guidance on making a prudent decision to go to seminary, or peacefully discern another vocation.

Course 1

Priesthood 101

Explore the sacred ministry of the priest: what it’s like to say Mass, hear confessions, preach, and be the spiritual father of a parish community.

Course 2

Discernment Basics

Learn to discern a call to the priesthood: signs of a priestly vocation, overcoming fears, and cheerfully discerning celibacy.

Course 2

Priesthood 201

Learn and discuss priestly life: celibacy, the Liturgy of the Hours, obedience, simplicity of life, and the day-to-day ministry and spirituality of a priest.

Course 2

Discernment to Decision

Learn and discuss priestly life: celibacy, the Liturgy of the Hours, obedience, simplicity of life, and the day-to-day ministry and spirituality of a priest.

The Best Approach
to Discernment

The Melchizedek Project began in 2012 and has spread to more than 140 dioceses in the US and worldwide. Many Vocation Directors say it is the single best approach for helping men take the next step toward seminary if they are called.

Discernment Groups

Young Catholic Men

Dioceses