Recommended Reading

Books to help you discern your vocation

To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood

by Fr. Brett Brannen

Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone By Name

by Dr. Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw

What Does God Want?

by Fr. Michael Scanlon

Discovering Your Personal Vocation

Herbert Alphonso, S.J.

Is Jesus Calling You To Be A Catholic Priest? A Helpful Guide

by Fr. Thomas Richter, published by the NCDVD

Radical Surrender; Letters to Seminarians

by Fr. Michael Najim

Paths of Love: The Discernment of Vocation According to the Teaching of Aquinas, Ignatius, and Pope John Paul II

by Joseph Bolin

Could You Ever Become a Catholic Priest?

by Christopher J. Duquin & Lorene Hanley Duquin

Called by Name: The Inspiring Stories of 12 Men Who Became Catholic Priests

by Christine Mugridge & Jerry Usher

The Courage to be Chaste

by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR

When God Asks for an Undivided Heart

by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR

Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (Priestly Celibacy)

by Pope Paul VI, 1967

Virginity: A Positive Approach to Celibacy for the Sake of the Kingdom of Heaven

by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

“…And You are Christ’s”: The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life

by Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Priests for the Third Millennium

by Archbishop Timothy Dolan

The Priest is Not His Own

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 2004

Those Mysterious Priests

by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 2005

A Priest’s Life: The Calling, The Cost, The Joy

The Word Among Us Press

The Joy of Priesthood

by Msgr. Steve Rosetti

Reclaiming our Priestly Character

by Fr. David Toups

Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love

by Patrick Ahern

Short Catechism on the Priesthood

by St. John Vianney

The Grace of Ars

by Fr. Frederick Miller

Together on the Road: A Vision of Lived Communion for the Church and the Priesthood

by Massimo Camisasca

Dear Father: A Message of Love to Priests

by Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Be Holy! God’s First Call to Priests Today

by Thomas Forrest, C.Ss.R.

A Celebration of Priestly Ministry: Challenge, Renewal, and Joy in the Catholic Priesthood

by Cardinal Walter Kasper

Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism

by Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster

The Cure D’Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney

by Abbe Francois Trochu

A Priest Forever: The Life of Father Eugene Hamilton

by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.

He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith

by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.

Edmund Campion: A Life

by Evelyn Waugh

From Slave to Priest: A Biography of the Reverend Augustine Tolton (1854 – 1897): First Black American Priest of the United States

by Sr. Caroline Hemesath

Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen

by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The Grunt Padre

by Fr. Daniel Mode

A Shepherd in Combat Boots: Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division

by William L. Maher

Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai

by Gavan Daws

The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM

by Fr. Gereon Goldmann

Magisterial Documents

Presbyterorum Ordinis (Order of Priests), 1965

Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia (From the Beginning of Our Priesthood) 1959

Pastores Dabo Vobis (I will Give You Shepherds), 1992

Program of Priestly Formation (5th Edition), U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005