The Director of Priest Vocations for the Archdiocese of Washington is Fr. Mark Ivany, who can be reached by email or by phone at 202-636-9020. Fr. Mario Majano and Fr. Scott Woods are Assistant Directors of Priest Vocations.
The Office of Priest Vocations runs a number of discernment programs and opportunities that might be of interest to those considering a vocation to the priesthood.
For high school boys, Quo Vadis events throughout the year provide an occasion to meet others discerning the priesthood and to learn more about the process. Quo Vadis dinners are scheduled in parishes throughout the Archdiocese. A yearly "Come and See" weekend in November at Saint John Paul II Seminary is an opportunity to worship with the seminary community, meet the seminarians and faculty, experience seminary life, learn about vocational discernment, and spend time with other young men considering the priesthood. Most of all, the summertime Quo Vadis Camp includes several days of relaxation, prayer, and talks oriented to high school men discerning their vocation in life. There are no obligations or fees (aside from a nominal fee for the Camp) to come to a Quo Vadis event, and certainly attending an event is not a commitment to enter the seminary. But it is an excellent opportunity to take an honest look at the possibilities seminary life may hold for you.
For college-aged men, a number of discernment dinners are scheduled during the school year, in addition to opportunities offered by your Catholic chaplaincy. A special discernment retreat in February at Saint John Paul II Seminary is open to young men considering the priesthood, including juniors and seniors in college.
For men over college age who are actively considering the priesthood, there are discernment Masses and dinners scheduled throughout the year. These men are particularly encouraged to attend the discernment retreat in February at Saint John Paul II Seminary. In addition, a group of "Affiliates" meets about once a month for prayer, dinner, and a talk. In order to be in the Affiliates program a man must speak to the Vocation Director and work out a plan of discernment, including regular reception of the sacraments, prayer, and spiritual direction.
If you and the Vocation Director decide that it is appropriate to apply for seminary formation, you will fill out an application which includes biographical information as well as a number of essays and short answers. The application process includes interviews with priests, references from others who know you, your educational history and transcripts, a background check, and a psychological evaluation (which is arranged and paid for by the Office of Priest Vocations). It is a lengthy, but also fruitful, process for those who are considering the call to the priesthood.
Fr. Mark Ivany
Director of Priest Vocations
Archdiocese of Washington