Discernment Resources

Looking for some extra help with determining the Lord’s call for your vocation? We highly recommend the resources below.

Podcasts | Videos | Books

Melchizedek Project Podcasts

The Melchizedek Project Podcast is a free “crash course” on true Catholic discernment taught by Fr. Brett Brannen, following the principals in his book To Save a Thousand Souls. Each episode is approximately 15 minutes in length.


Books on Vocation Discernment

  • To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood – Fr. Brett Brannen
  • Discerning the Will of God – Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV
  • Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone By Name – Dr. Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw
  • What Does God Want? – Fr. Michael Scanlon
  • Discovering Your Personal Vocation – Herbert Alphonso, S.J.
  • Is Jesus Calling You To Be A Catholic Priest? A Helpful Guide – Fr. Thomas Richter
  • Radical Surrender; Letters to Seminarians – Fr. Michael Najim
  • Paths of Love: The Discernment of Vocation According to the Teaching of Aquinas, Ignatius, and Pope John Paul II – Joseph Bolin
  • Could You Ever Become a Catholic Priest? – Christopher J. Duquin & Lorene Hanley Duquin
  • Called by Name: The Inspiring Stories of 12 Men Who Became Catholic Priests – Christine Mugridge

Books on Priesthood

  • Priests for the Third Millennium – Archbishop Timothy Dolan
  • The Priest is Not His Own – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
  • Those Mysterious Priests – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 2005
  • A Priest’s Life: The Calling, The Cost, The Joy – The Word Among Us Press
  • The Joy of Priesthood – Msgr. Steve Rosetti
  • Reclaiming our Priestly Character – Fr. David Toups
  • Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love – Saint Therese of Lisieux
  • Short Catechism on the Priesthood – St. John Vianney
  • The Grace of Ars – Fr. Frederick Miller
  • Together on the Road: A Vision of Lived Communion for the Church and the Priesthood – Massimo Camisasca
  • Dear Father: A Message of Love to Priests – Catherine De Hueck Doherty
  • Be Holy! God’s First Call to Priests Today – Thomas Forrest, C.Ss.R.
  • A Celebration of Priestly Ministry: Challenge, Renewal, and Joy in the Catholic Priesthood – Cardinal Walter Kasper

Biographies or Autobiographies of Priests

  • Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism – Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster
  • The Cure D’Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney – F. Trochu
  • A Priest Forever – Fr. Benedict Groeschel
  • He Leadeth Me – Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.
  • Edmund Campion – Evelyn Waugh
  • From Slave to Priest: A Biography of the Reverend Augustine Tolton (1854 – 1897): First Black American Priest of the United States – Caroline Hemesath
  • Treasure in Clay – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
  • The Grunt Padre – Fr. Daniel Mode
  • A Shepherd in Combat Boots: Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division – William L. Maher
  • Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai – Gavan Daws
  • The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM – Gereon Karl Goldmann

Books on Celibacy

  • The Courage to be Chaste – Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
  • When God Asks for an Undivided Heart – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
  • Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (Priestly Celibacy) – Pope Paul VI, 1967
  • Virginity – Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa
  • “…And You are Christ’s” The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life – Thomas Dubay, S.M.
  • Magisterial Documents Presbyterorum Ordinis (Order of Priests), 1965 – Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia (From the Beginning of Our Priesthood) 1959
  • Pastores Dabo Vobis (I will Give You Shepherds), 1992 – Program of Priestly Formation (5th Edition),
    U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005