“Whatever God has planned for your life, it is greater than you can imagine.

How do I know this? Because I know that God loves you, and that Jesus will lead you towards fulfillment and joy when you follow his plan and discover your vocation. That’s what we want for you, too. So, let us know how we can help you, and it will be our privilege to walk with you on your journey.”

Fr. Alan Carter, Vocation Director

What happens when I contact the Vocations Office?

It depends on what you tell us. Generally we'll send you some information to get you started, like prayer cards and helpful links, and then ask if you'd like to talk on the phone or in person. It's not required, but a conversation can be very helpful to see where you're at and make sure we answer all of your questions. We'll share some opportunities (spiritual direction, free books, events, etc.), but after that we'll leave it up to your prayerful discernment to decide your next step.

Our commitments

  • We will not pressure you to become a priest, brother, or sister. Embracing a vocation is a person’s free choice, and the last thing the Church needs is priests who don’t want to be priests!
  • We will do our best to help you discover God’s plan. We take our work seriously. We want you to have all the information you need to make a sincere, honest, and informed decision.
  • We will respect your privacy. Most people don’t want their whole parish to know right away that they are considering the priesthood. We may let your pastor know you are interested unless you ask us not to, and in some instances (like seminary visits or programs) we need your parents permission if you are a minor. Other than that, we will keep your interest and participation confidential until you choose otherwise. We do not post identifiable photos of event participants.
  • We will not take your expression of interest as a binding commitment. When a man enters seminary he is committing to take his discernment and pursuit of the priesthood seriously, although he will still have the freedom to leave. When he is ordained, he is promising to live out his life as a priest. But before these steps, a man is free (and encouraged) to leave the process if he feels God is calling him to do so.


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You can also write to us at 1310 W. Main St. Lexington KY 40508, call us at 859-253-1993 ext. 283, or email us at vocations@cdlex.org