Discernment

Discerning a Vocation:

Discernment is a journey that begins with a still small whisper of God's voice calling you to become a priest, religious, or married person. When you feel Him tug at your heart you must respond, but you don’t have to do it alone. The Office of Vocations in the Diocese of Wichita is here to help you hear and answer God’s call. Just let us know your name and we will be more than happy to offer you any guidance and direction we can. Below are just some of the ways we can help with your discernment.

 

How Do I Discern A Vocation?

God desires every man and woman to follow a particular path in life. Men are
called to serve God and others through the priesthood, religious life, or marriage.
How does a young man discern his vocation? While there is not one certain answer
to this question, there is a common path that each man can take to aid in
authentically discerning his vocation. This path includes:

  • Cultivating a life of prayer
  • Spiritual direction
  • Living a life of virtue
  • Frequenting the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession
  • Forming holy friendships
  • Daily prayer
  • Talking to a priest
  • Fostering a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Eucharistic adoration
  • Spiritual reading

 

Discernment Opportunities in the Diocese of Wichita

Finding God’s Call

Finding God’s Call is a discernment program sponsored by the Office of Vocations. A young man can contact the Director of Vocations to:

  • Be referred to a spiritual director
  • Receive assistance in discerning his vocation
  • Learn how to pray, including:
  • Receive guidance about entrance into the seminary
  • Be prepared to live his vocation


Discernment Group

The discernment group meets once each month in a small and confidential setting.
A priest leads the men in this group in prayer and discussing questions related to
discerning their vocation, such as:

  • What are the signs God is calling me?
  • How do I discern a vocation?
  • What are common fears?
  • What is the difference between the call to seminary and the call to the priesthood?
  • What if I feel unworthy?
  • What is seminary formation?
  • What qualities are needed for a young man to enter formation?
  • What about my own hobbies and interests?
  • What about celibacy?
  • What are some common elements in each man’s path to the priesthood?

 

More Information

For a copy of our Discernment Brochure click here.
To inquire please email the Director of Vocations.
For information regarding seminary visits and retreat opportunities click here.