Discernment is the process of listening to the voice of God, who calls us to follow Him. In vocational discernment, a person listens to hear God's call to priesthood, consecrated religious life, marriage, or a sacred single life. Ultimately, discernment is about growing in discipleship - in a daily, intentional relationship with Jesus Christ.
A good way to discern is to focus on three areas:
- Prayer - growing in daily relationship and conversation with God
- Sacraments - encountering Christ through regular celebration f the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Service of Others - learning to be more and more like God by putting the needs of others before our own
During the discernment process, it is often helpful to talk to someone else who might be able to help you hear God's voice and distinguish between your own will and the will of God. A Spiritual Director, your parish priest, a man or woman in religious life, or a trusted mentor can help you in this process of discernment. The Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis,
Fr. Eric Augenstein
, is also glad to speak with anyone about the process of discernment.
Visit the pages to the left to find out information about upcoming discernment events in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and beyond.
Questions about the process of applying to seminary, the life of a seminarian, or guidelines and policies for seminarians? Read the
Archdiocese of Indianapolis Seminarian Handbook
The Vocations Office has a number of discernment resources available, including:
To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood
Is Jesus Calling You to Be a Catholic Priest?
A Guide to Religious Ministries
Consider Your Call: A Discernment Guide
To receive a copy of any of these resources,
contact the Vocations Office