Prayer and Discernment

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  • Spiritual Direction
  • Discernment Groups
    • St. Paul's Catholic Newman Center, Fargo
    • St. Thomas Aquinas' Catholic Newman Center, Grand Forks
  • Discernment / Silent Retreats
  • Holy Hours

Priests Calling BookIs Jesus Calling You to be a Catholic Priest? 

This is an excellent guide for men upper high school age and older who want to know how to follow the will of God. It is very practical with ten spiritual lessons mixed with true discernment stories so the reader can apply the lesson to reality. We have copies available upon request.

100 SoulsTo Save A Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood
Is the definitive guide for men considering the priesthood. Using powerful and entertaining stories, the book explains in down-to-earth language how to carefully discover God's call. Written by Father Brett A. Brannen.

A Right to Be Merry

A beautifully written look into the life and philosophy of the Poor Clares, but also greatly beneficial for anyone discerning a religious vocation. Written by Mother Mary Francis P.C.C.

The seminary system consists of education and formation programs to prepare a man for the duties and life of a priest.

College Seminary

The Diocese of Fargo will send college men to Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, MI and St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE for their undergraduate degree and initial formation. A man choosing to begin his preparation for the priesthood at the college level would receive the education in philosophy, a requirement for acceptance by a graduate school of theology (Major Seminary).


A student who has a college degree, but does not have the required courses in philosophy and religion will participate in a pre-theology program of two years to meet the requirements to enter a graduate school of theology (Major Seminary).


When a seminarian has completed the requirements for entering a school of theology, he will pursue a course of studies, which leads to a graduate level degree. He will attend a seminary outside the diocese, as the Diocese of Fargo does not have a Major Seminary. The bishop will determine the assignment to a Major Seminary.

For questions or more information, send an e-mail to the Vocation Director at vocations(at)fargodiocese(dot)org.