Diocesan Priest serves ordinary men who are responding to their call to holiness and offers guidance for the question: “Is Jesus Christ calling me to be a Catholic priest?”
A calling to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ is one of the most beautiful gifts that a Catholic man can receive. If you are discerning your vocation and are wondering if you are called to the priesthood, there are many resources on this site that can help. Nothing compares to direct contact with a priest, however, consider contacting your parish priest or the vocation director, Fr. Iden Bello, J.C.L. to discuss what God may have in store for you!
Days of Discernment
Discernment days are designed to help men discern God's call to the diocesan priesthood. To be called by God to serve him as a priest means to have one's soul stirred deep within.
Through a day of prayer, discussion, presentations of diocesan priesthood and group interaction, men begin to better understand God's movement in their life.
October 3, 2015. 9 AM– 2 PM
October 31, 2015. 9 AM– 2 PM
November 14, 2015. 9 AM– 2 PM
December 12, 2015. 10 AM– 12 PM
WHERE:Days of Discernment are held at Casa Guadalupe, 2302 Corpus Christi St, Laredo, Texas, 78043.
Who can become a priest in the Diocese of Laredo, Texas?
If you are:
A single male
Over 18 years of age
In good standing with the Catholic Church
Enjoy a good reputation
Exhibit the necessary skills for seminary formation
Seriously believe that God may be calling you to a priestly vocation
Listen for the response to "Who do you want me to be?" "What do you want me to do?"
Interested men are encouraged to contact the Office of Vocations or his Pastor to learn more about the particular details for the discernment process for the diocese of Laredo.
The director will be able to assist you in reviewing the particular diocesan requirements for seminary preparation and application.
The Diocese of Laredo, like most dioceses, has particular guidelines and policies in place to govern and regulate the application process. However, each individual's personal and professional background varies and is taken into account on a one-to-one basis.
If you have a particular question regarding the possibility or viability of your own personal application, please contact:
We are the house of discernment for the Diocese of Laredo where young men can discover and reflect God's calling to the priesthood. Casa Guadalupe also provides a place where young men can also experience the fraternity and community of the priestly life.
At Casa Guadalupe, we live as a familywhere Jesus is the center of our lives.Daily prayer life includes the Liturgy of the Hours (the official prayer of the Catholic Church), the Holy Rosary and daily Mass. During Mass, where the bread and wine is transfigured into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the summit of our faith finds its source.Thisdaily nourishment gives us the strength to persevere in our call to serve our Lord and His people.
At Casa, thecandidates, in addition to spiritual development, also perform daily chores and attend college level classes at TAMIU or LCC.They volunteer their services at the diocesan and parish level, actively participate in weekend liturgies, numerous parish activities and diocesan vocational retreats. All Casa Guadalupe residents pray for their benefactors and the special intentions of those who request prayers.
What is a Vocation?
Simply put, it is a call from God to live your life as He has called you to live. It is the giving of your entire self to Him out of love for Him. For you are called to learn to love Him in the life so you can see Him, as He is, face to face in our lives to come. We daily live this in our sacrifice for Him and for our neighbor, by following His simple command, to take up our cross, to follow Him and to learn how to lay down our lives for Him and for His people.
Some men are called to lay down their lives for the Church in the ordained ministry by the Sacrament of Holy Orders. These men stand in the person of Christ and serve their bride, the Church by preaching, teaching, and celebrating the Sacraments.
Deacons are ordained to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity. They are configured to Christ who made himself the "deacon" or servant of all.
Some men and women are called to be dedicated totally to God by embracing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Some live in the world and are set apart by a special consecration, in secular institutes, as consecrated virgins, or as hermits. Others are called out of the world, to live the religious life by professing the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Some men and women are called to give themselves to one another through the Sacrament of Matrimony. They are called to bring their spouse closer to Christ through growth in holiness, by making a total and faithful gift of themselves to each other and sharing in God's creative work through the procreation of children.
"Immediately they left their boat...and followed Him."Mathew 4,22