|Frequently Asked Questions (Faq)
Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions posed by those interested in the Priesthood. Should you have a question not listed below please visit our contact page and submit your question to the Director of Vocations.
What is a Diocesan priest?
. . . a Catholic priest who is committed to serve and live in a particular Diocese.
A priest of the Diocese of Scranton does pastoral ministry in one of the eleven counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania: Bradford; Lackawanna; Lycoming; Luzerne;, Monroe; Pike; Sullivan; Susquehanna; Tioga; Wayne;, and Wyoming.
A Diocesan priest serves in various places:
Parishes, schools, colleges, prisons, nursing homes, with people of all age groups.
A Diocesan priest ministers in various ways:
- Praying for people and teaching them how to pray
- Celebrating Mass and the sacraments
- Teaching the Catholic faith
- Providing leadership in the Catholic Community
- Helping people find meaning in life by responding to the call
to holiness and mission
How do I know I may be called to the Diocesan Priesthood?
- Regular prayer and regular participation in the Mass
- Involvement in the mission of the church
- Living the responsibilities of the Christian faithful
- Encouragement by members of the Catholic Community
- Presence of attitudes, skills and qualities identified as necessary for priestly life and ministry
- Desire to live and minister as a priest
The Right Qualities
Some Signs of a priestly Vocation:
- Searching for meaning in life
- Charity toward others
- Positive self image
- Ability to make commitments
- Desire to do some good
The Right Intention
A man who wants to witness to the Gospel and to help people to know, to love and to serve God, by living and ministering as a priest.
The Call of the Church
The call to Ordination comes from the Bishop of the Diocese, after a consultation with persons responsible for priestly formation.
How does one prepare to be a Diocesan priest?
A diocesan priest must complete four years of college with 36 credits in Philosophy. For those who lack this requirement, two years of Pre-Theology are required before beginning the four years of Theology.
Seminary formation includes human formation, spiritual formation, intellectual formation and pastoral/liturgical formation. The Seminary program includes learning through living with a community of priests and seminarians, pastoral experience in a variety of ministries and apostolates, and opportunities to live in parishes.
Where do the Seminarians study?
What if I have a question not listed here?
As you consider if you are called to the Priesthood you will have questions both unique to you as well as questions asked by those who came before you. Please click below and pose your question to the Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Scranton.