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Books on Vocation Discernment

To Save a Thousand Souls:
A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood
- Fr. Brett Brannen

Discerning the Will of God
– Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV

Personal Vocation:
God Calls Everyone By Name-
Dr. Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw

What Does God Want
– Fr. Michael Scanlon

Discovering Your Personal Vocation
– Herbert Alphonso, S.J.

Is Jesus Calling You To Be A Catholic Priest?
A Helpful Guide – Fr. Thomas Richter

Radical Surrender;
Letters to Seminarians – Fr. Michael Najim

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

Could You Ever Become a Catholic Priest?
Christopher J. Duquin & Lorene Hanley Duquin

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

Books on Priesthood

Priests for the Third Millennium
Archbishop Timothy Dolan

The Priest is Not His Own
– Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Those Mysterious Priests
– Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 2005

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

– The Word Among Us Press

The Joy of Priesthood
– Msgr. Steve Rosetti

Reclaiming our Priestly Character
– Fr. David Toups

Maurice and Therese:
The Story of a Love

– Saint Therese of Lisieux

Short Catechism on the Priesthood
– St. John Vianney

The Grace of Ars
– Fr. Frederick Miller

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

Dear Father:
A Message of Love to Priests
– Catherine De Hueck Doherty

Be Holy! God’s First Call to Priests Today
– Thomas Forrest, C.Ss.R.

A Celebration of Priestly Ministry:
Challenge, Renewal, and Joy in the Catholic Priesthood
– Cardinal Walter Kasper

Biographies or Autobiographies of Priests

Parish Priest:
Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism
– Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster

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

A Priest Forever
– Fr. Benedict Groeschel

He Leadeth Me
– Fr. Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.

Edmund Campion
– Evelyn Waugh

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

Treasure in Clay
– Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The Grunt Padre
– Fr. Daniel Mode

A Shepherd in Combat Boots:
Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division
- William L. Maher

Holy Man:
Father Damien of Molokai
– Gavan Daws

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

Books on Celibacy

The Courage to be Chaste
– Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

When God Asks for an Undivided Heart
– Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR

Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (Priestly Celibacy)
– Pope Paul VI, 1967

– Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

“…And You are Christ’s”
The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life
– Thomas Dubay, S.M.

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