If you are interested in learning more about discerning a vocation or about the Catholic faith and spirituality, here are some resources you might find helpful.

Books


Cardinal Timothy
Dolan

While rector of the Pontifical North American College from 1994-2001, then Msgr. Dolan gave regular conferences to the men who were there studying for the priesthood.  The conferences were compiled and published as Priests for the Third Millennium.  It gives wonderful insight into the life of the diocesan priest.

Fr. Brett Brannan

Fr. Brett Brannan is the pastor of the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Savannah, GA.  Prior to becoming pastor he was the Vice Rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD and through his experience has provided an excellent guide for discerning a priestly vocation in his To Save a Thousand Souls.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

You can't go wrong with anything by Venerable Fulton Sheen, but here are two that are helpful.  The Priest is Not His Own is helpful in understanding the priesthood.  The Life of Christ is helpful in getting to know the High Priest Himself.

Fr. George Rutler

St. John Vianney is the patron saint of priests and so any man who is contemplating the priesthood should know something about this most extraordinary parish priest.  Fr. George Rutler, pastor of St. Michael Church on the West Side of Manhattan, has written The Cure d'Ars Today as a series of reflections on the life of John Vianney and why this great saint matters so much in our contemporary age.

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.

Fr. Gallagher is one of the finest and most popular writers on Ignatian spirituality in the United States. He has written books to help people grow in their prayer life and discernment of God's will.  Someone who is trying to make a decision regarding his vocation probably would find his books helpful, especially Discerning the Will of God:An Ignatian Guide to Christian DecisionThis book helps the reader discern the will of God under different circumstances so as to make a decision.

Websites

Information on Religious Life for Women

Part of discerning religious life is finding a community whose mission or charism resonates with your sense of your vocation. In your search for a community you might find helpful the websites sponsored by federations of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, such as the one sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) or the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).  The CMSWR has a particularly helpful directory of their member communities along with links to their respective websites.

Word on Fire

For over a decade Bishop Robert Barron has been setting the standard for the use of social media in the project of the New Evangelization.  Ordained a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron is currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has used his great intellectual and communication gifts to engage secular culture and re-propose the truths of the Catholic faith so as to awaken in people's hearts a new love for Christ.  His Word on Fire website is filled with articles, homilies, and videos that are very helpful to any one interested in learning more about Catholicism. 

Ascension Presents

This is an evangelically Catholic website that provides video presentations by Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Matt Fradd and others on a wide range of topics relevant to contemporary times.  It demonstrates very well the way electronic media can simply and effectively be used to present orthodox Catholicism in a positive way.  

Integrity Restored

When Pope St. John Paul II was working as a priest in Krakow, he spent a lot of time with young people and spoke to them often about the dignity of the human person, especially with regard to human sexuality. On one occasion a member of the group of young adults asked him why he spoke so much about human sexuality, wondering if there weren't more important things to talk about. The future pope and saint responded that, although their gravity should not be minimized, it is true that sins against chastity are not the worst sins one can commit. This being said, however, he maintained that they these types of sins are the ones that most impede and distort the spiritual life.

Everyone is called to live chastely, but our culture suffers from a profoundly distorted view of the human person. One of the poisonous fruits of this distortion is the proliferation of pornography that leaves virtually no one untouched, including young people who may be called to priesthood or religious life. Integrity Restored is a great resource for those who have been affected by pornography and who want to know the joy of being freed from its grip. On their ordination day, men called to be priests make a promise to live chaste celibacy. If you want to grow in the spiritual life seek to grow in the virtue of chastity. Integrity Restored is a good place to find some tools that will help you.

Podcasts

Word on Fire Show

This is a new project by Bishop Robert Barron in which he makes use of the emerging medium of the podcast to explore in greater depth some of the current issues and questions of the day.

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz is the Catholic chaplain for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Campus Ministry program.  A gifted preacher and teacher of the faith in accessible terms, Fr. Mike makes his homilies available on the Bulldog Catholic website but also as MP3 files that one can download and listen to.

Catholic Stuff You Should Know

Started in 2010, Catholic Stuff You Should Know has become one of the most popular Catholic podcasts around.  The hosts are priests who began their podcasting as seminarians at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.  Their light-hearted and humorous approach to evangelization reveals the joy that comes from striving to live the faith with authenticity and sharing it with others.