"I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest. Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question. Let me try briefly to reply. I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely. For it remains a mystery, even to myself. How does one explain the ways of God? Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!' There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own. Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest.
And you can probably tell that I am deeply grateful to God for my vocation to the priesthood. Nothing means more to me or gives me greater joy that to celebrate Mass each day and to serve God's people in the Church. That has been true ever since the day of my ordination as a priest. Nothing has ever changed this, not even becoming Pope." Blessed John Paul II (Los Angeles, USA, September 14, 1987)
Archdiocesan Vocations Programs
Dinner with the Archbishop
This annual vocation program has grown to host over 400 guests from 13 counties from all around the Archdiocese of Louisville. A vocation awareness event, this program includes prayer, vocation speakers, dinner and “Desserts and Displays”, an opportunity for the adult sponsors to mingle and enjoy dessert while their student guests visit the display booths and learn more about religious vocations from diocesan priests and vowed men and women religious communities.