Response Group

The Response Program - Prayer and Discernment for Those Considering Diocesan Priesthood

"Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch." Luke 5:4

Response Group Activities

The Response Program is a process of ongoing prayer and discernment designed for adult Catholic men (college age and older) who have taken the initiative to express interest in diocesan priesthood.

  • To provide for the spiritual growth needs of those who are looking at diocesan priesthood as a possible vocation response.
  • To offer a forum for the mutual support needed for discerning a call to a priestly vocation.
  • To bring together diocesan priests to assist participants in their discernment and movement toward decision-making.

2018 - 2019 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be held at Christ the King Seminary unless otherwise noted. 

Response Group Meetings
2018 - 2019

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:00-11:30 AM
  • Friday, November 9, 2018 - 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:00-11:30 AM
  • Friday, March 16, 2019 - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - St. Andrew Dinner with Bishop Malone - Details TBD

Response Group members and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend the following events:

  • September 15, 2018: Diaconate Ordination (Our Lady of Victory Basilica - 9:30 AM)
  • October 12, 2018: Acolyte Installation  Mass (CKS - 5:00 PM / dinner reservations required)
  • February 2, 2019: Lector Installation Mass (CKS - 5:00 PM / dinner reservations required)
  • April 6, 2019: Catholic Men's Conference (Cardinal O'Hara High School, Tonawanda - Inquire to register)
  • May 10, 2019: Christ the King Seminary Graduation (CKS - 7:00 PM)
  • June 1, 2019: Ordination to Priesthood (St. Joseph Cathedral - 9:30 AM) 

You are always welcome to attend the following weekly services in the Seminary Main Chapel:

  • Sunday Mass - 10:30 AM 
  • Wednesday and Thursday Mass - 4:45 PM
  • Friday Meditation and Evening Prayer - 4:30 PM

               Times subject to change - if you plan to attend please call the Seminary to confirm


Prayer for Vocations
Holy Spirit, eternal Spring of joy and peace
it is You who open the hearts and the mind
to the divine call;
it is You who make effective every impetus
towards good, towards truth, towards charity.

Your 'inexpressible groans'
rise up to the Father for the heart of the Church,
which suffers and struggles for the Gospel.

Open the hearts and minds of young men,
so that a new flowering of holy voations
to the priesthood may show forth the
fidelity of Your love,
and all may know Christ,
the true light of the world
to offer to every human being
the sure hope of eternal life. Amen

Pope John Paul II

If not us, Who? If not here, where?
If not now, when? If not for the Kingdom, why?
Dare the dream!


To participate in the Response Program, please complete this form.