Men's Discernment Events

What is "Discernment" ?

The word discernment means to “separate apart” so we might distinguish something in order for it to be perceived clearly.  It is the way in which we identify God’s will within the context in which we live, in being aware and attentive to God’s movement in our life.  Most of us do know God’s will because it has been revealed through the teachings and life of Jesus Christ.  However, there are times when God’s will is not so clear and we realize that we need to search for what God is asking of us.

Discernment is an art and it is learned by doing, not just reading about it.  It is a function of an individual’s personal relationship with the Lord.  When we desire to do God’s will, are willing to be open to God and have a solid knowledge of God, then discernment is possible.  Therefore, prayer is an essential component to the process of discernment.  To be a truly discerning person, we need to be humble, charitable and courageous.  As we become more familiar with the Lord in prayer, we will come to know that the “small still voice” speaks in peace never in turmoil, anxiety or restlessness. 

Jeremiah 1:7 (High School Men's Group)

For men in High School considering the priesthood.  Meetings take place monthly.  Four location opportunities are in Brighton, East Lansing, Jackson and Grand Blanc to serve the Diocese.   The book "To Save a Thousand Souls" will be provided for each meeting.   The meeting is free and ends with a pizza dinner. Click here for more information.

The Foundation (College Age Men's Group)

For college age men 18 and older. Meetings take place monthly on a Saturday. Lead by Fr. John Whitlock in Lansing, Fr. Tony Smela in Ann Arbor and Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht in Hillsdale.  Each event is free and ends with a dinner. Click here for more information.

Bishop's Annual Priesthood Discernment Dinner

Opportunity to meet Bishop Boyea and current seminarians to learn more about seminary in a relaxed atmosphere. Sunday August 18, 2019 from 3-6pm at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt. Men under the age of 18 require permission forms. Click here for more information about the day.

Seminary Visits

If you thinking about seminary please keep in mind that there are scheduled visits in November and February to St. John Vianney Seminary on the campus of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and January or February for Sacred Heart Major in Detroit.  If you are interested and would like more information please contact Fr. John Whitlock's office.