‘Don't Be Afraid:’ A Diocesan Vocations Director’s Advice on Discernment

Vocations“My advice to any young man discerning a vocation to the priesthood is daily prayer, first and foremost,” said Fr. John Szatkowski, director of vocations for the Dallas Diocese.

UD men who are discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood will have a chance to learn more about that vocation at the Saint Andrew Dinner on Jan. 5. Dallas Diocese Bishop Kevin Farrell will be on hand, as well as Dallas priests and seminarians, to speak about their own journeys toward the priesthood.

“Hearing the stories of different priests and seminarians helps break down any idea that God only calls one particular type of man from a certain background. In reality, we’re a pretty diverse bunch,” said Szatkowski.

The dinner takes its name from St. Andrew, who in the Gospel of John was invited by John the Baptist to follow Christ and, in his turn, invited Simon Peter to do the same.

Szatkowski advised young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood to pray daily and not be afraid to talk to a priest.

“Oftentimes, young men are afraid to speak with anyone about how they’re considering a vocation to priesthood. Don’t be afraid – enter into prayer and utilize any of the vast amount of discernment resources that are available!” said Szatkowski.

The event includes Sunday Mass, as well as dinner and a discussion of vocations. Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to attend. RSVP to the dinner, which will begin at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Seminary on Sunday, Jan. 5, by emailing vocations@cathdal.org, calling 214-379-2860 or online.

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