Vocations and Seminarians Office

Assists Seminarians in the Discernment of Priesthood

Is God Calling You to Become a Priest?

The Office of Vocations and Seminarians aids in the discernment process of those who are interested in a vocation to the priesthood. If you would like to talk with someone about becoming a priest, contact Msgr. Scott Friend. Currently, the diocese has 28 seminarians, who not only come from Arkansas, but from Texas, Mexico and Vietnam as well. Most of these seminarians have been living in Arkansas for many years, but some are here in the United States for the first time. Vocation Stories House of Formation


Seminarian Vocation Stories

In their own words, our seminarians describe how they have experienced God's call to discern priesthood. Read their stories. Or see the Letters from Seminary SeriesFAQ about PriesthoodSteps to Priesthood or the download the 2020-21 Seminarian Poster.

Support Seminarian Education

God is answering our prayers. He is calling men to the priesthood and they are listening. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor has ordained 38 diocesan priests in the past 11 years. This includes eight in 2018 alone. God willing, we will ordain five more to the priesthood in May 2021. With the increases in cost and seminarians, we need your help to form our future priests. Support seminarian and purchase a nice gift for family and friends by ordering Diocese of Little Rock Socks. Or make an online donation now.

Pray for Vocations and Seminarians

Pray the Diocesan Prayer for Vocations to help more men hear the Lord's call to priesthood. Or join the Mothers of Seminarians Prayer Watch to encourage all mothers and any interested Catholics to pray for the seminarians in the Diocese of Little Rock and their intentions every day.

"One of the reasons we have a shortage of vocations is we have stopped believing that the priesthood is for real. It's worth fighting for. It's worth us sacrificing for ... I am not a dreamer. I am a man of faith." — Msgr. Scott Friend, vocations director

House of Formation

The House of Formation gives seminarians and discerners a place to live and become acquainted with the four pillars of priestly formation — human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual — as they seek the will of God for their lives. Discerners are men who have not yet become seminarians but live and study alongside seminarians in the House of Formation.

Services and Ministries

  • Assists parishes in establishing summer evangelization teams, parish vocation committees and guiding existing committees
  • Provides vocations materials and displays for promoting vocations at a parish or school
  • Offers discernment retreats for those interested in learning more about vowed living as a priest
  • Director available for talks at parishes, schools and Catholic groups meetings
  • Directors are available for talks and presentations to parishes, schools and Catholic groups