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Discerning the Priesthood

“You did not choose me but I chose you.”

– John 15.16



Discerning a vocation to the priesthood begins with the following simple premise: God knows you better than anyone, because He made you. No one loves you more than the Lord, since he offered His own life for you. Therefore, you can trust putting your life in God’s hands because he will direct you to where you will be the most truly fulfilled and joyful. Prayer, participating in the life of your parish, giving yourself to some form of service, and speaking to a vocation director are good first steps to exploring a call to the priesthood. Don’t feel that you must be certain that God is calling you to be a priest before thinking about the seminary, since formation is all about continuing to understand God’s will for your life. In the seminary, a man is called to discern his calling with the Church. Priestly formation is a journey of transformation that renews the heart and mind of a person, so that they can, “discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect,” (cf. Rom 12.2).

Cathedral Seminary - Priesthood


To apply for Cathedral Seminary House of Formation:


  • You need to be an unmarried Catholic man who has been Confirmed.
  • You need to have graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D.
  • You need to have a desire to serve Christ and His Church and be prayerfully considering the vocation to the priesthood.
  • You need to get in touch with the vocation director of the diocese in which you reside.

Office of Vocations

Are you discerning the priesthood? Contact your local Vocations Director.

Diocese of Brooklyn

Fr. Christopher Bethge, Vocations Director
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, NY 11362

Tel: 718-827-2454

Archdiocese of New York

Fr. Geroge Sears, Vocations Director
201 Seminary Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10704-1896

Tel: 914-968-1340
Fax: 914-968-6671

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Fr. Sean Magaldi, Vocations Director
50 North Park Ave. (PO Box 9023)
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023
Tel: 516-678-5800 x214

Other Dioceses

Diocese of Albany


Diocese of Scranton


Diocese of Syracuse


In a different diocese? Find your local vocations director using the interactive map.