Vocations in the Diocese of Harrisburg

Clergy and Consecrated Life

Heavenly Father, We ask you to bless our diocese with selfless hearts that are willing to serve You, by serving Your Church. Lord Jesus raise up from our homes those called by the Father: courageous and humble men to the Priesthood, faithful people to Consecrated Life and holy men and women to the sacrament of Marriage. Holy Spirit, help us to live our universal vocation to holiness, by listening to the Father’s voice and responding with a sacrificial love.

Discerning God’s Will

You were created by our loving Father for a reason, a purpose. God the Father knew who He was creating and why. You have been charged by Him to undertake a mission, entrusted only to you. He is always calling us to our mission, our vocation.

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A Message from the Vocations Director

Father Jonathan Sawicki

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Rooted in the grace of Christ Jesus prompts us to not only live a life of love, but indeed impels us to Christian service. It may be that God is beckoning you to a vocation of service in our Church. To stand before the altar in the person of Christ is no easy thought, and to respond to that vocation cannot be accomplished alone.

Men of God: is the Lord Jesus calling you to service at the altar? Please do not hesitate to reach out to your parish priest and to me to explore this important question: “Is God calling you to be a priest?”

Some great books are, “To Save a Thousand Souls” by Fr. Brett Brannen and “Discerning Your Vocation” by the Community of the Beatitudes. Online resources can be found at www.DiocesanPriest.com and www.VocationNetwork.org. Remember: don’t try going this route alone!

I look forward to speaking with you!

Fr. Jonathan P. Sawicki

Vocations in Service of the Church

  • Priesthood
  • Diaconate
  • Consecrated Women & Men
  • Priestly Discernment

Priests

The Office for Priests is concerned with the life and work of the priests in our diocese.

Deacons

The Office for Deacons is concerned with the life and work of permanent deacons in our diocese.

Consecrated Life

A community can include sisters or brothers, or priests, who share a common vision and mission.

Seminarians

A man called to priesthood must be open to be molded or formed by the Church into a man of virtue, prayer, integrity, and holiness.

Heavenly Father, We ask you to bless our diocese with selfless hearts that are willing to serve You, by serving Your Church. Lord Jesus raise up from our homes those called by the Father: courageous and humble men to the Priesthood, faithful people to Consecrated Life and holy men and women to the sacrament of Marriage. Holy Spirit, help us to live our universal vocation to holiness, by listening to the Father’s voice and responding with a sacrificial love.

Holy Mary, Model of Vocations, teach us to hear and follow your Son. Holy Mary, Queen of Priests, sanctify our priests and obtain for us many more. Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for our families and intercede for our children.

Forming Our Priests

The following are the seminaries where men studying for the Diocese of Harrisburg are currently being formed.

Mount Saint Mary Seminary
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7797

PH: 301-447-5295
https://seminary.msmary.edu/

Pontifical North American College
00120 Vatican City State
Europe

PH: 001-39-06-68-49-31
Fax: 011-39-06-686-7561
www.pnac.org

Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary
558 South Avenue
Weston, MA 02493-2618

PH: 781-899-5500
www.psjs.edu

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096-3002

PH: 610-667-3394
www.scs.edu

Saint Mary’s Seminary
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210-1994

PH: 410-864-4000
www.stmarys.edu

What is Life Like in a Seminary?

Each year, the Office of Vocations provides opportunities to visit seminaries. Finding out what life in a seminary is really like is a big help in discerning one’s vocation.

Annual Catholic High School Students visit to the Mount

What’s it like to be seminarian? All Catholic High School juniors and seniors are invited to join us to visit Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. It’s a great chance to find out what a day in the life of a seminarian is like.

Annual Visit to St. Charles College Seminary

Each year, a group of men visits St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in
Philadelphia. Get your questions answered about seminary from seminarians.

Contact Vocations with questions or to register for any visit.

Other Opportunities

If you cannot make scheduled visits or would like more information on visiting seminaries, please email Vocations. Arrangements can be made for private visits and tours.

Vocations Contacts

Very Reverend William C. Forrey

Secretary for Clergy

Office: 717-657-4804 x350

Rev. Jonathan P. Sawicki

Vocation Director

Office: 717-657-4804 x282

Very Rev John B Bateman JCL, VF

Director of Formation for Permanent Deacons

Office: 717-657-4804 x282

Deb Kerstetter

Administrative Assistant

Office: 717-657-4804 x282