Students & Prospects
What kind of work do priests do?
Is celibacy difficult?
Do you lose your freedom as a priest?
Do you earn money as a diocesan priest?
Do you have to pray a lot as a priest?
Do priests get any time off?
Are priests happy?
How old do I have to be to enter seminary?
What if I am not ready for seminary, but I want to continue discerning while at college?
There is a group of young men doing just that. They are part of the Fisherman’s Club which is an initiative sponsored by the Diocese of Syracuse that reaches out to young adult men who are thinking about the priesthood. Contact Fr. Hage for more information.
Where do I find information about the Permanent Diaconate?
Click here for information regarding the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Syracuse.
Am I losing my son?
“Absolutely not! If anything, it draws a tighter bond between parents and son. Sunday afternoons I spend with my mother. We have dinner together with my siblings.” – Fr. John Manno
“No, you’re not! You’re going to have more of them, because all their friends become your friends too. They all came to our house and called us mom and dad.” – Mrs. Edna Scardell
“My relationship with my parents has grown stronger since I’ve become a priest.” – Fr. Greg Kreinheder
Will he be happy living a celibate life?
He won’t know the joy of having children
I won’t have grandchildren
Is he ready to commit to this forever?
There is a diminished image of the priesthood today
Other thoughts or comments?
What advice do you have for nurturing vocations in the family home?
“Go to Mass every week. Say your prayers. Pray for them. My husband and I pray the Rosary.” – Mrs. Edna Scardella
“Pray! Pray for a vocation in your family. A family that prays and a good parish that prays is important.” – Fr. John Manno
“John didn’t go to Catholic school, but we went to Mass every Sunday and holy day. He was adamant about being an altar boy at age eight. I would say, encourage your children to be what they want, what will make them happy. If priesthood is what he wants, encourage him! I remember before John was ordained a deacon, I said, ‘Is that what you really want to do? Are you sure?’ and he said, ‘Yes,’ so we were behind him all the way.” – Mrs. Mary Manno
“It’s the parents’ responsibility to foster a relationship with Christ, who is the primary vocations Promoter. Also, parents need to teach by example.” – Fr. Greg Kreinheder
“Go to church every week and be active in parish organizations. Keep Christmas traditions. For us, Catholic school was important too.” – Mr. Ken Galuppi
“My dear young people, I wish to share a word about vocations. First of all, my thoughts go to your parents, grandparents and godparents. They have been your primary educators in the faith…Let us always appreciate that is it in families that vocations are given life.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, to seminarians and young people at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie), NY April 19, 2008.