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“The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God. The priest is not asked to be an expert in economics, construction or politics. He is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life.”  – Pope Benedict XVI

God made you for a unique purpose. Even before you were born, he knew your vocation, your mission in life. And if you are a faithful Catholic man, God may be calling you for a higher purpose — to become a Catholic priest.

Priests have a critical mission: to bring people to Jesus and Jesus to people.  They are spiritual fathers to thousands of Catholics. They preach the Gospel and offer the sacrifice of the Mass.  In short, priests are living witnesses of Christ in the world—men of strong character who stand out in our secular culture.

A good priest is a spiritual hero, a man who sacrifices himself for the people of God.  Is Jesus calling you to be his priest?​

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Father Jonathan J. Wisneski, pastor of Seven Dolors Parish, Yukon, serves as diocesan chancellor and director of the Office for Clergy Vocations and International Priests. He can be reached at or by phone at 724-837-0901.

Father Tyler J. Bandura, parochial vicar of Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville, serves as diocesan recruiter for the Office for Clergy Vocations. He also serves as chaplain of Greensburg Central Catholic High School and assistant episcopal master of ceremonies for Bishop Edward Malesic. You can reach Father Bandura at or by phone at 724-733-8870.

Follow vocations in the Diocese of Greensburg on Twitter @gbgpriesthood

Father Jonathan J. Wisneski

Father Tyler J. Bandura

 Evenings to Discern Priesthood

Who | What | Where | When | Why
Evenings to discern priesthood, open to Catholic men, begin at 6:30 p.m., and are located at Holy Family Parish Rectory, Latrobe. The night is based on the book To Save A Thousand Souls and RSVP is requested to or 

Dates include: May 1, 15, & 29, and June 12.

About the Melchizedek Project
The Melchizedek Project educates and inspires Catholic men to consider a vocation to priesthood. They help begin discernment groups on college campuses, as well at Catholic high schools and parish youth groups. The Melchizedek Project is a free program that provides resources for starting vocation discernment groups.

Catholic men meet to pray about their lives, listen for God’s voice, and get serious about answering his call. Their handbook is To Save a Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett Brannen, the ultimate guide for discerning a vocation to the Catholic priesthood.

The overriding theme of the discussions is discipleship: Am I willing to follow Christ no matter what the cost, no matter what the call? Will I choose to trust his will for me, and courageously go where he leads?

LEARN MORE about the vision of the program and how to request a free sample packet.

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