Discernment Topics

4:00pm – Talk
5:00pm – Evening Prayer
5:15pm – Dinner
7:00pm – St. Mark’s/UCSB Student Mass


1. Diocesan Priesthood: Introduction to the life and ministry (Fishers of Men Video and sharing of personal stories)

2. Principles of Discernment in a Major Matter (according to Archbishop Niederauer – handout)

3. Centering Prayer and Meditation (led by Peter McGoey)

4. The Five moments of Spiritual Growth (Fr. Maloney, CM “On Closing Doors” article. Can be found at: http://americamagazine.org/issue/399/article/closing-doors)

5. Disobedience of Mind: How to deal with temptation (according to Cardinal Carlo Martini – handout)

6. Loneliness vs. Solitude: What’s the difference? (reference to the life and times of Padre Serra)

7. Celibacy Truths and Myths (with reference to Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s book “The Courage to be Chaste”)

8. Formation issues for Seminarians I: “How to survive and thrive in the seminary”

9. Formation and Self-Formation II: “How to get ready for the Seminary”

Called By Name Program

Called by name

Discernment Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, We meet from 4:00-6:30pm on the 4th Sunday of each month at St. Mark’s Unviersity Parish in Isla Vista, next door to UCSB.  After the meeting, discerners are welcome to attend the 7:00pm UCSB student mass.  Click here to learn more about St. Mark’s.

SCHEDULE FOR 2014-2015

October 26

November 23

December  21

January 25

February 22

March 22

April 26

May  24

June 28


SBPR Vocations



Welcome!  You have found the website for men interested in vocations to the Roman Catholic Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I am the regional vocation director for the Santa Barbara-Ventura area, and if you are interested in the priesthood as a vocation prospect – or as one simply called to work for more priestly vocations – I would like very much to speak with you.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me personally at frjlove@saint-marks.net\

God’s Blessings to you,


SBPR Regional Vocation Director



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