Office of Vocations - Archdiocese of San Francisco

We are the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We help promote and discern vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The Office of Vocations helps to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Archdiocese, works with men who are discerning a vocation to be a priest in the Archdiocese, and supports our seminarians and their program of formation. If you are a man considering the priesthood and would like to know more about following the Lord's call please contact us: [email protected]

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Wait and See | San Francisco Vocations 07/15/2021

Wait and See | San Francisco Vocations

In the first chapter of John’s Gospel, we read about Jesus inviting two of his disciples to “Come and see.” Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, when asked by people how they could help her, would often respond “Come and see.” This phrase is used commonly now to refer to an immersion experience of discernment, whether it’s a short visit or an extended period of active discernment. But are you familiar with the “Wait and See” experience? It means to take the next step, then wait for God to lead you further.

Once you take this leap, it’s crucial to be prepared to “Wait and See” what God wants to do with you next. If you’re faithfully living the “Come and See”, He will show you whether it is His will that you continue; and if it is not His will, He will show you the path that He wants you to take next.

Continue reading our e-newsletter below!

Wait and See | San Francisco Vocations Wait and See Jul 8, 2021 “…if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to stop it.” (Acts 5:38-39) In the first chapter of John’s Gospel, we read about Jesus inviting two of his disciples to “Come and see.”....

Photos from Archdiocese of San Francisco's post 07/09/2021

Photos from Archdiocese of San Francisco's post

Archdiocese ordains two priests facing “unprecedented” times for church 06/24/2021

Archdiocese ordains two priests facing “unprecedented” times for church

Nicholas Case and Cameron Pollette were ordained to the priesthood June 19 at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. Read more from Archbishop Cordileone's homily in the article below!

Archdiocese ordains two priests facing “unprecedented” times for church Father Nicholas Case and Father Cameron Pollette ordained June 19 at St. Mary's Cathedral

Photos from Archdiocese of San Francisco's post 06/21/2021

Congratulations to our new priests who were ordained this past weekend!

06/20/2021

We are grateful to have two new priests in the Archdiocese. Thank you to Father Caneron Pollette and Fr Nick Case for saying, ‘Yes’ to your priestly call.

We are grateful to have two new priests in the Archdiocese. Thank you to Father Caneron Pollette and Fr Nick Case for saying, ‘Yes’ to your priestly call.

06/10/2021

We are excited about the upcoming ordination of two new priests for the Archdiocese, Rev. Mr. Nicholas Case and Rev. Mr. Cameron Pollette. If you'd like to be part of their ordination, the Mass will be live-streamed on Saturday, June 19th, at 10AM on the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhEzFXPtxOfQBVjdjixFOA

You can send your greetings and well-wishes to their respective home parishes:

Rev. Nicholas Case
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
1310 Bayswater Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010

Rev. Cameron Pollette
St. Veronica Parish
434 Alida Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080

God bless them and their upcoming priestly ministry!

We are excited about the upcoming ordination of two new priests for the Archdiocese, Rev. Mr. Nicholas Case and Rev. Mr. Cameron Pollette. If you'd like to be part of their ordination, the Mass will be live-streamed on Saturday, June 19th, at 10AM on the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhEzFXPtxOfQBVjdjixFOA

You can send your greetings and well-wishes to their respective home parishes:

Rev. Nicholas Case
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
1310 Bayswater Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010

Rev. Cameron Pollette
St. Veronica Parish
434 Alida Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080

God bless them and their upcoming priestly ministry!

Military chaplains inspired this soldier, abandoned as a toddler, to enter seminary 06/05/2021

Military chaplains inspired this soldier, abandoned as a toddler, to enter seminary

Retired Army Col. Cameron Song Sellers served his country, and now, he’s serving God. He is now studying for the priesthood with the Archdiocese of San Francisco!

Sellers spoke with EWTN News In Depth on Friday, ahead of Memorial Day, about his extraordinary faith journey. Now in his fifties, he is studying to become a priest in California after encountering military chaplains during his time serving in the U.S. Army.

God had a plan, he added. “I think He wanted me there because He wanted me to know that I was in a family and that I didn’t need to worry about my background and who I was – that my family was the Catholic Church, the universal Church,” Cameron said.

Read more below!

https://www.thecatholictelegraph.com/military-chaplains-inspired-this-soldier-abandoned-as-a-toddler-to-enter-seminary/75251

Military chaplains inspired this soldier, abandoned as a toddler, to enter seminary by Katie Yoder Washington D.C., May 30, 2021 / 17:00 pm Retired Army Col. Cameron Song Sellers served his country, and now, he’s serving God. Sellers spoke with EWTN News In Depth on Friday, ahead of Memorial Day, about his extraordinary faith journey. Now in his fifties, he is studying

Acolyte ministry brings men one step further in serving the church 05/29/2021

Acolyte ministry brings men one step further in serving the church

"On May 14, Major and 9 other men in their fourth year of the archdiocese’s diaconate program were instituted in the ministry of acolyte by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Becoming acolytes means the men will become “more closely bound to the service of the altar and commissioned as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion,” the archbishop said during the Mass. Acolytes assist the deacon and priest during liturgies, especially with preparing the altar during Mass."

Read the article to hear more about their experience!

Acolyte ministry brings men one step further in serving the church Ten men were instituted as acolytes at St. Mary's Cathedral, giving them more responsibilities in serving the church as they pursue ordination to the permanent diaconate.

Priestly Courage | San Francisco Vocations 05/19/2021

Priestly Courage | San Francisco Vocations

The extreme heroism of a few priests is well known. You’ve heard stories of priests who were martyred, or sacrificed their own lives for others, or endured great hardships for the sake of the Gospel.

But every priest who is faithful to his duties exhibits courage, though it may be less evident.

Imagine a man who comes home to see his house on fire, and risks his life to save his family from the flames. In this selfless act, he shows great courage.
He may even make the nightly news for his bravery. But what about the everyday heroism of being a faithful husband, a good father, and a hard worker? While he probably won’t be recognized publicly, this man is an example of courage which is more profound than a one-time act of extreme bravery.

Priesthood is much the same. While some priests will be recognized as great theologians or martyrs, every faithful priest shows profound courage by carrying out his duties day after day, year after year.

Read more about the challenges parish priests encounter in our E-Newsletter!

Priestly Courage | San Francisco Vocations Priestly Courage May 5, 2021 The extreme heroism of a few priests is well known. You’ve heard stories of priests who were martyred, or sacrificed their own lives for others, or endured great hardships for the sake of the Gospel. But every priest who is faithful to his duties exhibits courage, thou...

Archbishop ordains two transitional deacons 05/05/2021

Archbishop ordains two transitional deacons

San Francisco Archdiocese seminarians Deacon Jerald Geronimo and Deacon Gerardo Vazquez are one step closer to priesthood. Please keep them in your prayers.

Read the article to learn more about them!

Archbishop ordains two transitional deacons San Francisco Archdiocese seminarians Deacon Jerald Geronimo and Deacon Gerardo Vazquez are one step closer to priesthood after their ordination to the transitional diaconate Apr. 17.

Photos from Archdiocese of San Francisco's post 04/28/2021

Photos from Archdiocese of San Francisco's post

04/25/2021

Today is a day dedicated to praying for vocations. World Day of Prayer for Vocations is today in order to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Specifically, we pray to bless our diocese with men and women who will follow in their footsteps to serve the Church as religious brothers, sisters, priests, and deacons. Lord Jesus Christ, help to hear your call to "Come and See” (John 1:39).

For young men and women; that God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; and for the gift of courage to follow His call. We pray to the Lord.

For young people; that they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord.

#WorldDayofPrayerforVocations

Today is a day dedicated to praying for vocations. World Day of Prayer for Vocations is today in order to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Specifically, we pray to bless our diocese with men and women who will follow in their footsteps to serve the Church as religious brothers, sisters, priests, and deacons. Lord Jesus Christ, help to hear your call to "Come and See” (John 1:39).

For young men and women; that God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; and for the gift of courage to follow His call. We pray to the Lord.

For young people; that they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord.

#WorldDayofPrayerforVocations

How to Pray | San Francisco Vocations 04/22/2021

How to Pray | San Francisco Vocations

It can be easy to become discouraged if you aren’t seeing what you expect to be the fruits of your prayer. But the fruits may not be readily apparent, and you may not see them. Just because you haven’t reached a perpetual state of contemplative union with God after a week of fervent prayer does not mean you have failed. What it means is that we need to do a lot of work – in our spiritual and moral lives – to become free from sin, acquire virtue, and attune ourselves to recognizing and listening to God!

Read more about prayer in this month's newsletter:

How to Pray | San Francisco Vocations How to Pray Apr 8, 2021 In a previous article, we talked about what prayer is (and is not). This article focuses more specifically on how to pray. To begin, here are some important points to consider: Rely on God. We can’t develop a relationship with God by ourselves. We must rely on His grace an....

04/20/2021

Please join us in prayer this Sunday. Livestream option: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNuARgJHA5PjlH89P2caOdQ

Please join us in prayer this Sunday. Livestream option: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNuARgJHA5PjlH89P2caOdQ

04/19/2021

Pray for more holy priests, sisters, and brothers on Sunday, April 25!

04/18/2021

A special thanks to our two new transitional deacons for having faith and courage to continue to follow their priestly call!

A special thanks to our two new transitional deacons for having faith and courage to continue to follow their priestly call!

World Day of Prayer for Vocations | USCCB 04/15/2021

World Day of Prayer for Vocations | USCCB

In just a week and a half, on April 25, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations! We pray for young people: that God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; and for the gift of courage to follow God's call.

Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life.

Follow along to learn more!

https://www.usccb.org/committees/clergy-consecrated-life-vocations/world-day-prayer-vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations | USCCB World Day of Prayer for Vocations April 25, 2021 The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publiclyfulfill the  ...

A Short Course On C.S. Lewis 04/15/2021

A Short Course On C.S. Lewis

A SHORT COURSE ON C.S. LEWIS WITH DR. PETER KREEFT

Dr. Peter Kreeft will explore six of C.S Lewis' most powerful and life-changing books.

We will discuss topics such as spirituality, theology, philosophy and how to strengthen our faith when it is most threatened.

Register for the course using the link below:

A Short Course On C.S. Lewis A personal note: I find myself quoting Lewis more than any other author. His guardian angel is very much alive in my brain, moving around its molecules. I find him strikingly clear, even when writing about difficult ideas, always surprising even when writing about what is well known, and inexhaustib...

04/14/2021

Please pray for Vocations on April 25th!

Please pray for Vocations on April 25th!

04/07/2021

Save the date! Our next virtual Discernment Meeting will be on Monday, April 19th at 6pm. Contact Fr. Cameron Faller for the zoom link.

Our monthly Discernment Meeting's are the third Monday of the month and currently virtual. Look out for future meeting reminders and updates!

Save the date! Our next virtual Discernment Meeting will be on Monday, April 19th at 6pm. Contact Fr. Cameron Faller for the zoom link.

Our monthly Discernment Meeting's are the third Monday of the month and currently virtual. Look out for future meeting reminders and updates!

04/03/2021

‘It is finished’; and he bowed his head and handed over his spirit.

On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. We unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord.

Image by @pax.valerie

‘It is finished’; and he bowed his head and handed over his spirit.

On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. We unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord.

Image by @pax.valerie

04/01/2021

On this Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper, in which Christ established the Eucharist and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way.

"Vocations are indeed a gift from God for which we must pray unceasingly. Following the invitation of Jesus, we need to pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest (cf. Mt 9:37).

Pray unceasingly, as the Apostle exhorts (cf. 1Th 5:17), and encourage the faithful to pray for vocations, for the perseverance of those called to the priestly life and for the sanctification of all priests."

- Pope Saint John Paul II

Wishing everyone a very blessed Holy Thursday!

On this Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper, in which Christ established the Eucharist and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way.

"Vocations are indeed a gift from God for which we must pray unceasingly. Following the invitation of Jesus, we need to pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest (cf. Mt 9:37).

Pray unceasingly, as the Apostle exhorts (cf. 1Th 5:17), and encourage the faithful to pray for vocations, for the perseverance of those called to the priestly life and for the sanctification of all priests."

- Pope Saint John Paul II

Wishing everyone a very blessed Holy Thursday!

03/30/2021

Check out our Twitter page for weekly discernment tools and resources!

https://twitter.com/SFPriest?s=20

03/30/2021

Holy Week Discernment Retreat! 4 new podcast episodes with Fr. Brett Brannen. Learn who priests are, what they do, and how to listen to the Lord's call--with one of the best speakers on priesthood in the country!

https://www.melchizedekproject.com/podcasts/

03/28/2021

“Hosanna in the highest heaven” (Matthew 21:9)

As Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the crowds spontaneously cry out “Hosanna”. “Hosanna” isn’t a declaration of joy, it’s a desperate plea. It’s not an exclamation of praise, but an utterance of prayer. It means “save us”.

Before He could enter the city, Jesus asked his disciples to help prepare for His entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Our world is in need of people who will prepare the way for the Lord.

For all those considering a vocation to the priesthood and religious life, we pray to the Lord.

Have a blessed Sunday!

“Hosanna in the highest heaven” (Matthew 21:9)

As Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the crowds spontaneously cry out “Hosanna”. “Hosanna” isn’t a declaration of joy, it’s a desperate plea. It’s not an exclamation of praise, but an utterance of prayer. It means “save us”.

Before He could enter the city, Jesus asked his disciples to help prepare for His entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Our world is in need of people who will prepare the way for the Lord.

For all those considering a vocation to the priesthood and religious life, we pray to the Lord.

Have a blessed Sunday!

03/26/2021

On this Feast of the Annunciation, let us contemplate how we can give our “yes” to God, just as Mary did.

It is by imitating her practice of faith, hope and charity that men and women are inspired to give themselves to her son in the priesthood or the lifetime practice of the counsels. We all have a vocation; those who trust implicitly in God’s promises respond to God’s call

There is no more effective way of fostering vocations than asking the mother of Jesus to ask her Son to extend the invitation. And there is no more effective way of remaining firm in the priesthood and the religious state than to beg the same mother for the grace of perseverance.

Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us.

On this Feast of the Annunciation, let us contemplate how we can give our “yes” to God, just as Mary did.

It is by imitating her practice of faith, hope and charity that men and women are inspired to give themselves to her son in the priesthood or the lifetime practice of the counsels. We all have a vocation; those who trust implicitly in God’s promises respond to God’s call

There is no more effective way of fostering vocations than asking the mother of Jesus to ask her Son to extend the invitation. And there is no more effective way of remaining firm in the priesthood and the religious state than to beg the same mother for the grace of perseverance.

Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us.

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