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A Roman Catholic priest is a man called by God to serve Christ and the Church through the reception of the sacrament of Holy Orders. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, the priest serves the faithful by building up and guiding the Church in the name of Christ, who is head of the body. (CCC #1547)

Recommended Programs

The programs below are recommended can help you discern and grow your vocation. I have carefully curated a selection of programs that are proven to ensure you grown deeper in the riches of the Church. These programs offer a wide-variety of enriching formation through online and in-person courses, pilgrimages, symposiums, community, and more. They are designed to serve you starting with the discernment process through ongoing priestly formation meant to renew your vocation. 

Instruction, workshops and discussion on every aspect of the Sacrament of Penance and its effects on the lives of confessors, penitents and the Church’s entire sacramental economy.

  • Rediscover the spirituality of the confessor, as developed by great confessors such as St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Jean Vianney, St. Padre Pio, St. Alphonsus Ligouri and other moderns, such as the American Servants of God, Fr. Theodore Foley of Pittsburgh and Fr. Solanus Casey of Detroit

  • Instruction at all levels in the skillful hearing of confessions with practical guidance in navigating spiritual healing, deliverance, new moral issues and special developing pastoral circumstances

  • Examine of the sacrament, most especially from a confessor’s point of view under the guidance of experienced confessors and experts

  • Revisit the reform of the Rite of Penance of Paul VI, as well as review the form of the sacrament in the Rites of 1962

  • Discuss pastoral strategies advancing the practice of the Rite of Penance as an effective force in the renewal of the Church intended by the Second Vatican Council and now implemented in the New Evangelization.

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Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux is the latest in the Navigating the Interior Life series, which brings the wisdom of the saints into the hands of today’s readers. In this presentation of intimate letters from St. Thérèse of Lisieux to her sisters and close friends, authors Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke lay out the Little Flower’s program for complete self-offering to God through her Oblation to Merciful Love.

A humble prayer calls down fire from above, and as we learn to live a life rooted in prayer, this heavenly fire grows into a profound awareness of the presence of God. This is the deepest purpose of prayer, and making this journey is essential for reaching the heights of holiness for which we were made.

In Fire From Above, Dr. Anthony Lilles shows you how to put your whole life in conversation with the Risen Lord within the Catholic tradition of spirituality. The wisdom of great saints and mystics will help you discover how to surrender your pride and appeal to God with humble trust, and how prayer addresses your deepest human needs.

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Published by Discerning Hearts, Hidden Mountain Secret Garden provides an accessible synthesis of the spiritual doctrine of some of the great saints and mystics throughout Christian history.   Drawn from material used in lectures to seminarians and graduate students, this theological contemplation on prayer is based in the mystical tradition of the Catholic Church, a tradition that emphasizes mental or contemplative prayer in the life of grace.  From struggles with doubt and irrationality, through all kinds of dark nights and difficult hardships, up hidden heights and down into secret depths, to the truth of sacred doctrine and the power of forgiveness--this beautiful journey blazed by the Risen Lord is waiting for each of us.  

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