Austin Vocations


The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry."  

"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate" (
 Catechism of the Catholic Church 1536).

Austin Vocations

Heart of Jesus Men's Discernment Retreat

December 18 – 20 | Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center - Belton

Catholic men (ages 17 to 40), with an openness to a priestly vocation, are invited to this retreat of discernment.  It will include silence, prayer, meals and talks by priests and seminarians.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with other young men who are seeking God’s will for their life in discovering the key to a vocation in the Heart of Jesus.  For more information, contact the Vocation Office at (512) 949-2430.  Register by December 14th to or (512) 949-2430.

Discernment Dinner

Single, catholic men (18 or older) interested in discerning their vocation in life are invited to an informal dinner with others who are also considering the possibility of the seminary and priesthood.  The monthly gathering is held at the Borromeo House at 905-B Duncan Lane in Austin.  Next dinner will be held Thursdays, January 14, 2016.   For details, contact the diocesan vocation director, Father Jonathan Raia at or (512) 949-2430.

High School Discernment Dinners

High school men interested in discerning a religious vocation are invited to a monthly session at St. William’s Religious Education Building at 620 Round Rock West Drive in Round Rock.  Next sessions will be Wednesday, February 4, 2016.  To RSVP, contact or (512) 255-4473.

The Diocese of Austin Vocation Office has produced a helpful prayer guide, Discerning Whether to Apply to the Seminary? “Discernment is not primarily an issue of a method, but rather a process of prayer by which one seeks to know and follow God’s will with deeper love. Discernment flows out of a real and continuous union with God in prayer.” The booklet covers the considerations one must make in discernment and offers different kinds of prayer for making a “graced decision”. Please call the Vocations Office at 512-949-2430 to obtain a copy.