The priestly office is discharged upon earth, but holds the rank of heavenly things; and very rightly so. For not man, not angel, not archangel, nor any other created power, but the Paraclete Himself, instituted this order, and induced those who yet abode in the flesh to make manifest the ministry of angels. — St John Chrysostom
O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner, but rather that he be converted and live; grant, we beseech You, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary,
ever virgin, and all the angels and saints,
an increase of laborers for Your Church, fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls through the same Jesus Christ Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us
St Joseph, pray for us
St John Vianney, pray for us
St Charles Borromeo, pray for us
Discerning a Vocation
Only to the apostles, and thenceforth to those on whom their successors have imposed hands, is granted the power of the priesthood, in virtue of which they represent the person of Jesus Christ before their people, acting at the same time as representatives of their people before God. This priesthood is not transmitted by heredity or human descent. It does not emanate from the Christian community. It is not a delegation from the people. Prior to acting as representative of the community before the throne of God, the priest is the ambassador of the divine redeemer. Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei
Is God Calling you to Religious Life?
Young Men's Discernment
An annual 5 day discernment retreat held on the campus of Belmont Abbey for men ages 15 to 19.
"Quo Vadis" - Latin for "Where are you going?" - challenges young men to discover where God is leading them in life. Talks by priests, seminarians and others lead to deepening reflection on vocations to the priesthood, marriage, and fatherhood.
The days are structured around Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic Adoration, direction, talks, along with outdoor activity and fellowship.
Young Women's Discernment
An annual 5 day discernment retreat held on the campus of Belmont Abbey for women ages 15 to 19.
Through prayer, activities, and talks, the camp helps young women respond to the call to good and holy vocations within the Church as wives/mothers, Consecrated Religious, and Consecrated lay faithful.
Lead into the "School of Mary" by our priests and the Daughters of the Virgin Mother, the women deepen their relationship with our Blessed Mother, thereby drawing closer to her Son.