Grow in holiness while earning your undergraduate or graduate degree with the Priestly Discernment Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. This unique program is designed to intentionally assist young men like you to discern God’s call to the priesthood. It also ensures you are well prepared academically to seek admittance into a major seminary or religious community. Graduates of this program include 400 priests and members of religious communities. Over the past decade, 130 young men have entered seminary or religious life. Upon completion of the Priestly Discernment Program, you’ll receive a certificate.
Built on the five pillars of formation
The Priestly Discernment Program at Franciscan is built on five pillars of formation. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends formation in the four areas of Intellectual, Human, Spiritual, and Pastoral formation, and Franciscan adds a fifth pillar of fraternal formation.