Discernment Basics • Meeting 1
The Power of the Priesthood
Discernment Basics • Meeting 1
The Power of the Priesthood

Springboard Questions

  • Tell us your name, where you are from, and your favorite movie.
  • How old were you when you started taking your faith seriously? Was there a particular event or realization that sparked your faith?
  • Which priests do you most admire? Why? Is there a particular priest who has influenced you?

Video

The Power of the Priesthood—and how this group will help you to discern whether God could be calling you to become a priest. (10 minutes)

  • General reactions to the video

Expectations of the Group

Be honest: how are you feeling about joining this discernment group? Do any of these describe how you feel?

  • Excited and optimistic
  • Anxious and a bit nervous
  • Not very interested in becoming a priest, but open to talking about it
  • Feeling called, but know I need time to discern
  • Wondering whether I am worthy or holy enough
  • Hoping this won’t be a waste of time In the end, what is something you hope to get out of this discernment group experience?

In the end, what is something you hope to get out of this discernment group experience?

Group Agreements and Roles

Walk through the Agreements and Roles (pages 4-5) and choose the role you’d like to have in the group. Descriptions for each role are on page 20.

Reading

Read aloud: To Save a Thousand Souls, page 5, first four paragraphs

  1. General reactions to the reading.
  2. Where do most people get their information about priesthood? What are some common misconceptions about being a priest?

Read aloud: To Save a Thousand Souls, page 25, section “In Persona Christi Capitas

  1. General reactions to the reading.
  2. Do you feel more inspired or intimidated when you hear that a priest acts “in the person of Christ”?

Next Meeting

Please read, “What Is a Vocation in the First Place?” (Chapter 3 in To Save a Thousand Souls)

Getting Serious? Visit a Seminary

While not an “essential element” of the discernment group, one of the best things you can do if you’re seriously considering the priesthood is visit a seminary. If you want to go the extra mile, organize a trip to the nearest seminary. Often, the Vocation Office will help organize the trip and cover travel costs.