Don't Be Afraid: A Diocesan Vocations Directors Advice on Discernment
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
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,
were 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
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 theyre considering
a vocation to priesthood. Dont 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 214-379-2860 or online.