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Fr. Burke Masters
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Romeoville, IL 60446







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is god calling me to be a priest?  How do I know if God is calling me?  There are several things that help us to discern God's call in our lives:

1.  Prayer:  Spend time daily in quiet prayer, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Also praying the Rosary.  Mary's total surrender to God is a model for all of us to follow.  Read the Scriptures, especially the Gospels.

2.  Sacraments:  Frequent reception of the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist open our hearts to hearing the voice of God.

3.  Counsel:  Seek counsel from people you trust (your parents, a priest).  Get spiritual direction from someone trained to do so.

4.  Silence:  Being with God in silence allows us to hear His voice, away from all of the distractions of the world.

5.  Visit:  Visit a seminary: You do not know what y9ou are saying yes or no to unless you go and see.

6.  Participate:  Join a discernment group in order to be with others who are trying to discern God's will in their lives.

7.  Trust:  Above all, trust that doing the will of God will bring us joy and peace.

If you are thinking about priesthood, I would encourage you to take part in some of the events we offer in the Diocese of Joliet.  You are not alone in searching for your calling by God.


JOLIET Priesthood
Discernment Group
(For all men ages 17+)

What Is the
Priesthood Discernment Group?

The Discernment Group provides an opportunity for men to gather monthly to discuss issues concerning diocesan priestly life and ministry, to pray together as vocations are discerned, and to provide fellowship and support among those who are considering a call to follow Jesus in priesthood.

The Discernment Group is open to all men who are juniors in high school and older who want to meet informally once a month to discuss the possibility of priestly life and ministry.  New members are always welcome.

Are you considering a call to priesthood?  Is your heart touched to follow Christ?  Would you like to know more about being a priest today?  If you answered "yes" to these questions, then the Priesthood Discernment Group is for you.  In the group, you'll have the chance to meet other men thinking about priesthood and talk with several diocesan priests and seminarians as they discuss important issues in making an informed decision about their vocations.

All meetings will be held at the

John Paul II House
430 N. Center Street
Joliet, IL 60435
Get directions

For more information contact:
Fr. Burke Masters


Joliet Priesthood
Discernment Group

2012 - 2013 Schedule
(For all men ages 17+)

All men who are 17 and over are welcome to join others who are discerning a call to the priesthood

The schedule is as follows for meetings:
Sundays from 2-4pm
2:00pm - Adoration
2:30 - 4:00pm Discussion

(remaining scheduled sessions listed below)

July 21, 2013
the importance of a spiritual director
(chapter 7)

August 18, 2013
my path to priesthood: when do i start?
(Chapter 14)


Meetings will take place on Sundays at the
John Paul II House
430 N. Center Street
Joliet, IL 60435
Get directions

For more information contact:
Fr. Burke Masters


Upcoming Seminary Visits / Retreats
2013 Schedule

please continue to Check back periodically
for more scheduled visits.  Visits will begin again in the fall

Fr. Burke Masters
Diocese of Joliet
Vocation Director



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How Do I Hear God's Call
In My Life?


Vocation comes from a Latin word meaning “calling”.  Usually when we hear the word vocation, we think only of priests and religious.  However, every single person in the world is called by God to love and serve Him.  There are four types of vocations:  priesthood, religious life, marriage and single life.  All of these vocations are ways in which we reach heaven.

The key to finding our vocation is prayer.  Our world is full of distractions—TV, internet, cell phones, texting, IPods, commercials, Twitter, etc.  Very few people take the time to pray in silence every day because we might be afraid silence.  We encounter God and who we really are in the eyes of God in the silence and this might frighten us.  However, it is in this silence that the Lord speaks directly to our hearts.

So if your heart is restless and you are trying to find your way in life, take time to pray.  Find a church or adoration chapel and take some time in silence with the Lord.

Other recommendations include attending daily Mass, going to confession, reading the Gospels, praying the rosary, finding a spiritual director, reading the spiritual classics and hanging around good people who support your faith life.

If you are thinking about priesthood, I would encourage you to take part in some of the events we offer in the Diocese of Joliet.  You are not alone in searching for your calling by God.



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Totus Tuus is a Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The goal of Totus Tuus is to help young people grow in the understanding of, and strengthen their faith in, Jesus Christ. It is only by establishing a real and personal relationship with Him that we can be led to the love of the Father in the Spirit and so be made sharers in the life of the Holy Trinity. "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 4:16). Totus Tuus strives to bring our faith to life by creating a balance between knowledge of the meaning of the Sacraments and an authentic Sacramental life.

Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to vocations in the young people we serve as well as among the teachers. This is accomplished by placing special emphasis on the importance and necessity of prayer, Eucharistic devotion, and Marian devotion, in addition to catechetical instruction and formation in the Catholic faith.


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Prayer For Vocations


 Gracious and loving God, help the
men and women of our parish to hear the
call to serve in the Diocese of Joliet.

Our needs are great and our people
thirst for your presence.

Open the hearts of many.  Raise up
faithful servants of the Gospel - dedicated,
holy priests, sisters, brothers and deacons,
who will spend themselves for your people and their needs.

Bless all of our married couples with a rich faith and children that desire to serve you.

Bless those who are serving now
with courage and perseverance.
Grant that many will be inspired by their
example and faith.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Serra's objectives are to foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and to encourage its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations of service.
Encouraging and affirming vocations to the priesthood and religious life through
prayer and active fellowship since 1958.

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Copyright: 2013 by Joliet Diocese Vocation Office

Fr. Burke Masters
, Vocation Director