The Archdiocese of Hartford welcomes inquiries
from young men seeking to serve the Church as priests. We also
would like to help direct those men and women in discerning
a vocation in the consecrated life as a religious sister or
To talk about a priestly or religious vocation,
contact Father Anthony J. Smith at 860-761-7456 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Vocations for more information.
Office of Vocations
Director: Father Anthony J. Smith
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002-2999
860-761-7456 Fax: 860-243-0661
What the Office of Vocations is About
The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Hartford
is committed to fostering quality, faithful, and lasting vocations
to the priesthood. To this end, the men must be committed disciples
of Jesus Christ willing to form their lives in His likeness.
St. John Vianney says, "The priest is first of all a man
of prayer." Our vocation program places priority on daily
prayer. As our world becomes more materialistic and secular,
the people of God need priests who by word and example display
holiness which is born out of a devoted prayer life. Authentic
devotion to the Blessed Mother is essential because it leads
men in the path of her divine Son.
The Office of Vocations gives full loyalty
to the Church, namely the Holy Father, the bishops, and in
particular our own bishop. It is our pledge to adhere
to all the beautiful teachings of the Church. Those who would
be priests must believe in the value and gift of celibacy.
We make no apologies for celibacy. It is a prophetic sign of
God's Kingdom. As the Church has been plagued recently by scandal
internally and persecution externally, there are many who see
celibacy as the problem. It is just the opposite. Celibacy
is not the problem but the solution to a life of holiness.
Those who aspire to priesthood must radically conform his life
to the life of Jesus Christ who did not marry but gave himself
totally to his heavenly Father for the sake of the Kingdom.
The Office of Vocations believes in
a formation process that develops the entire person. Potential
candidates must undergo a physical and psychological examination.
The primary purpose of this is to help determine the strengths
and weaknesses of the candidate. It will also help to place
the seminarian in the proper academic setting. It is our aim
to use only those seminaries that teach the fullness of the
Catholic truth and develop and challenge the seminarian spiritually,
academically, personally, and pastorally.
God is calling men to the priesthood. Are
you one of them? The noise and distractions of our culture can
cause a spiritual deafness. The Office of Vocations would like
to help you hear God's voice and discern His will for your life.
If you think God is calling you the time to act is now!