Discernment

wvpriests_org_website_pic_2012_144The discernment of one’s vocation may be the most important duty of each Christian. The vocation is a divine call from God that requires an informed and free response. Our greatest example from scripture is the Blessed Mother’s fiat in response to the angel Gabriel. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:28). What are the consequences if Mary would have said “no”?

There are many objects that give a person pleasure without the joy. Some people desire to be famous, drive fast cars, or make lots of money. The pursuit of these things may give a temporary happiness but will leave a person empty. We have a natural desire to be happy and there is only one who can fulfill this desire completely. God alone satisfies (St. Thomas Aquinas).

Many people misunderstand the role of a career as part of a vocation. A career as a doctor, lawyer, accountant, business manager, dental hygienist, or truck driver is not a vocation. The catechism states that there are four vocations within the life of the Church – priesthood, religious life, marriage, and the single life. The key to discerning your vocation is a strong prayer life and frequent participation in the sacraments like Mass or Penance.

If you feel a call to the priesthood then the best thing to do is to talk to the Vocation Director of the Diocese. Let’s face it – this is a big step. Quiet possibly, a discerning fellow thinks about the priesthood, prays about the priesthood, and maybe talks to one or two close friends about the priesthood. But to really figure out what the Lord is calling you to do, you need to talk to the Vocation Director of the Diocese.

The Vocation Director’s main job is to listen to your story and to help you to affirm and recognize what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life. He will help you to connect with a priest who will serve as your spiritual director, a person you can speak to on a regular basis and will assist you on this journey of discernment. His responsibility is to guide you through the application process, which is also a discernment process. Throughout the application process, the discerning fellow continues to ask the question “Am I called?”

Seminarians

Mr. Justin Golna
Pont. North American College
Third Theology
Mr. Phillip Szabo
Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary
Second Theology
Mr. Nicholas “Nic” Cochran
Theological College
Second Pre-Theology
Eric Cosme
Theological College
First Pre-Theology
Michael Aiello
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
First Pre-Theology
John Soplinski
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
First Pre-Theology
Stephen Hill
Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
First Pre-Theology

Addresses

Theological College
401 Michigan Avenue Northeast
Washington D.C., DC 20017

Pontifical North American College
00120 Vatican City State
Europe

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

St. John Paul II Seminary
145 Taylor Street Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20017

Contact the Office of Vocations

Office of Vocations 1311 Byron St. P.O. Box 230 Wheeling, WV 26003 Telephone: (304) 233-0880 ext. 442 Email: rteachout@dwc.org

Rev. Dennis Schuelkens, Jr.
Director of Vocations/Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker, Weirton
(304) 723-2054
Rev. Fr. Brian J. Crenwelge
Assistant Director of Vocations/Administrator, Mater Dolorosa Parish, Paden City
(304) 337-9837
Mr. Richard Teachout
Assistant Director of Vocations/Office Manager
(304) 233-0880 ext. 442

Vocation Promoters

Rev. Benedict E. Kapa
Pastor, All Saints, Bridgeport
(304) 842-2283
Rev. Carlos Melocoton, Jr.
Pastor, St. James Parish, Charles Town
(304) 594-2353
Rev. Casey Mahone
Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Clarksburg
(304) 622-8243
Rev. Chris Turner
Assoc. Pastor, All Saints, Bridgeport
(304) 622-8243
Rev. Msgr. Dean G. Borgmeyer
Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Huntington
(304) 525-5202
Rev. J. Steven Vallelonga
Pastor, St. Margaret Mary, Parkersburg
(304) 428-1262
Rev. John Chapin Engler, Jr.
Pastor, Christ the King, Dunbar, Holy Trinity, Nitro and St. Patrick Mission, Bancroft
(304) 536-1813
Rev. John Rice
Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Parkersburg
(304) 422-6786
Rev. Joshua R. Stevens
Pastor, Petersburg, Moorefield and Franklin
(304) 462-7130