Office of Vocations

English and French sector:

Rev.  Michael Goring
St. Columbkille Cathedral
188 Renfrew St.
P.O. Box7
Pembroke, Ontario
K8A 6X1
Tel: (613) 732-8513

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Responding to God’s Call PDF Print E-mail
vocation-young-priestThe Diocesan Priest is called to Priestly Ministry under the obedience and authority of the Bishop of a Diocese.

In his service to Christ and to the Church, a priest is called to embody and mirror the image of Christ the High Priest, who gives His life for the sake of the Church. In nourishing God’s people with the Word and Sacraments the priest through Christ’s authority, shepherds the flock, forgives sins and opens channels of God’s grace to his people.

Vocation Process PDF Print E-mail
Anyone desiring to enter into studies towards the Diocesan Priesthood will need to begin the process by contacting the Vocation Director or his parish priest.

After High School, the candidate will be required to complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Applicants for theology must have completed a bachelor’s degree, preferably a BA in Philosophy or its equivalent, with a minimum average of 70%.

Following this degree, the candidate enters into five years of theology in a Seminary chosen by the Bishop in consultation with the candidate.

After the third year, the candidate may petition the Bishop to receive the Diaconate and Holy Orders. After study and discernment the Diaconate is usually received at the end of the four years, while ordination to the Priesthood usually takes place at the end of five years.

Discerning The Call PDF Print E-mail

Steps to Consider in Discernment

Discernment is a process through which a person comes to understand his interior experiences as he considers decisions in faith. The following are some interior experiences you can consider as you proceed to discern your vocation:

Sense of Identity as the Beloved of God

It is in the context of the love of God for each one of us that we set out to discover our life vocation. It is in response to God’s love for me that I will discover God’s desire for me. So it is helpful to reflect on the various experiences of my life that point out God’s special love for me. This knowledge will give me the freedom to be open to whatever life vocation to which I sense God is calling me.

Personal Stories PDF Print E-mail
Each priest of the Diocese of Pembroke came to understand his vocation to priesthood as a unique call. Each one heard God’s call and responded. For some that call came immediately after High School and for others it came to them later in life.

The story for each is a unique story. Perhaps in reading about the call of one of our priests you may also discern God’s call for you in your life.

Take a few moments and see if any call experienced by one of these priests speaks to you:


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188 Renfrew Street
PO Box 7
Pembroke, Ontario
Canada K8A 6X1
613 . 732 . 7933 ( t )
613 . 732 . 1679 ( f )

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