The word, “vocation” is derived from the Latin word, “vocare”, which means “to call” or “a call that I hear”.
Vocation is a complex reality which affects the nitty-gritty of our entire lives and is composed of three intricately-related aspects:
who the Lord calls us to be (our self-identity)
how the Lord calls us to become our unique selves (vocational lifestyle)
what the Lord calls us to do for God and others (our mission or ministry)
Are You Wondering About Your Vocation?
The videos below have been produced by the Archdiocese of Regina and by other dioceses on the topic of the priestly vocation. You can also find answers to many questions about becoming a priest at this link: http://www.diocesanpriest.com
If you would like to discuss your vocation further, please contact your local parish priest, or Father Danilo Rafael: divineramsasktel [dot] net, Father Lorne Crozon: fatherlornesasktel [dot] net or Father Stephen Bill:fatherstephenbillsasktel [dot] net ( )fatherstephenbillsasktel [dot] net. Please pray for the seminarians from the Archdiocese of Regina, and all those seeking to do God's will.
"Go Forth" Video Series
Go Forth | Servant Leadership
Go Forth | To Priest or Not to Priest
Christopher Juchacz Vocation Journey
Meet Our Seminarians
Go Forth – Discernment
Videos from other Archdioceses
I Will Follow
New York Ordination
Introducing our Seminarians
The people of the Archdiocese of Regina are blessed to have a number of candidates on a journey of study and discernment as they explore their personal vocations to the priesthood. It has been many years since the group has been this large and it’s a sign to us that our Catholic family of faith is entering a period of renewal. The past three Holy Fathers, Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have all brought a charism of hope to their ministries and a focus on building up young Catholics and we are reaping the fruit of those efforts today.
The Archdiocese of Regina is geographically a very large diocese. It covers about the same landmass as Germany with roughly 140,000 Catholics. We face a special challenge in that the nearest seminary is in Edmonton, over a 9 hr. drive away! However, our seminarians work hard to stay in touch and to come back to volunteer and be present in our parishes and our ministry programs several times a year. The support our seminarians receive from caring donors to Catholic Missions in Canada makes all the difference in the world to helping our community meet the additional financial burden of providing for travel to and from the seminary and all the costs associated with not being able to train our candidates at home.
It’s a privilege for all of us here in the Archdiocese of Regina to walk alongside men who have chosen to follow a personal call from God and to commit themselves to discerning whether that may lead to beginning a new life in God as ordained priests. Thank you for sharing in this journey through your gifts and your prayers!
Andrew Lindenbach was born in Regina, but grew up in Saskatoon. In the year 2010 he returned to Regina to attend Campion College in order to receive a degree in Philosophy. After completing this degree he asked permission from the Bishop to attend Seminary. After Completing 5 months, Andrew decided to leave and take time off. After working for a year, Andrew has decided to return to St. Joseph’s Seminary, in Edmonton. He will be doing a Propaedeutic year of prayer, catechesis and service.
Deacon Joseph Vu Van Chinh was born in North Vietnam. In 1992 his parents sent him to school at the rectory of Travy to live and study. He graduated high school in 1998 and studied at the University of Phuong Dong in Hanoi until 2003 when he entered the seminary in Saigon. He said, “I always wish deep in my heart to become a good priest in the Catholic Church. When I was a child God called me to serve in the Church. My Grandfather instructed me in everything at the Sacristy, I love it and cherish my dream of one day becoming a priest of God.”
Christian Lindenbach was born in Saskatoon, moving to Regina in 2009. He attended St. Anne parish while pursuing a degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy at Campion College at the University of Regina, where he discerned a call to the priesthood. After graduation, he attended St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto and completed the Spiritual Year, which he spent in prayer and discernment before theological studies. Christian discerned that he needed to take some time out of formation before he began his formal discernment to be a priest, and so he returned to Regina for 3 years, being a part of the Resurrection Parish community and helping with catechesis and Sunday ministries. During this time, he discerned a call to marriage while he worked in sales for a year, and later returned to the UofR and completed a Master of Arts degree in Religious studies and the New Testament. Christian then discerned to re-apply to St. Augustine’s, and was accepted into the formation program. Christian has a passion for old-fashioned letter writing, cycling, kickboxing, and cooking.
Daniel Malone was born and raised in Regina. He studied at Campion College and helped found the Campion College Knights of Columbus Council 15955. There he majored in mathematics, then linguistics, but left university before graduating. In the Fall of 2016 he started attending St. Philip Neri Seminary at the Toronto Oratory, studying philosophy. All prayers for the increase in sanctity and numbers of the clergy, seminarians, and religious are needed, welcome, and appreciated.
Deacon Parker Love was born and raised in Regina, and attended Resurrection Parish. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Honours English from the University of Regina, he began a spiritual journey that culminated with his baptism and confirmation in the Catholic church in Easter of 2012. He credits his parents’ entry into the church the Easter before and the influence of several virtuous Christians in his life, as well as the Holy Spirit, for his conversion. Parker enjoys playing board games, reading, writing, and having a good conversation.
I am Deacon Anthony Tran Buu Phung. I was born in October, 10, 1979 in a small village in Daklak province in the middle of Vietnam. My parents have four children and I am the eldest, following by two younger sisters and a youngest brother. My parents both are the teachers, but my Dad died in the traffic accident in 1998. My mother is a teacher in elementary school.
After the death of my Dad, I had to stop studying and help my Mum take care of the children. Two years later, I came to the parish house to consider and discern about my vocation. At that time, I lived there to help parish priest in some cases: teaching catechism, serving altar.In 2005, I went to the house of Commission of Catechism to help the old priest there with his computer. Two years later, he sent me to Ho Chi Minh University where I studied Sociology. In the second year of University, I entered the Scalabrini Congregation and the formators asked me to take the entrance exam for the Philosophy Institute. after passing the exam and I studied Philosophy in Dominican Institute in Vietnam until July of 2012, I was then sent to Manila, The Philippines to study English and take the next step in my formation. After more than five years living in formation program, I could see that I have the calling to become a diocese priest. So I applied to the Archbishop of Regina and was accepted as a seminarian.
I want to be a good priest to serve my brothers and sisters, especially those who need the most. I also want to give back my gratitude to the foreign missionaries who spent their lives spreading out the Good News to Vietnam.
Hello! My name is Christopher Juchacz, and I was born and raised in Regina, SK. My journey to the seminary began when I took Religious Studies courses at Campion College at the University of Regina. After completing several courses I decided to change the path of my studies to Theology which took me to Saint Paul University in Ottawa, ON. While I was there I began working for a pharmaceutical retail chain. I worked for that particular company for 10 years. Four years ago I decided to moved to Moose Jaw, SK to be close to family. Shortly after my return, I began discerning my vocation. I initially decided to discern with a Franciscan community in the United States. I spent a year and a half with that community, after which I discerned that the Lord was not calling me to be a friar. I moved back to Moose Jaw and resumed my old job there. After much prayerful discernment and help from my parish priest, Fr. Carlos Jimenez, I was accepted by Archbishop Daniel Bohan to study for the Archdiocese of Regina at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, AB. Please keep me in your prayers, because I will be praying for the people of the Archdiocese of Regina.
Reed Miller is studying at St. Joseph Seminary. Since baptism, Reed has been a member of Holy Family Parish in Regina where he participated in the youth programs allowing his faith to really come alive. After obtaining a degree in Religious Studies and Geography from the University of Regina, Reed went to Ireland for a year with NET Ministries and returned to his home parish where he became the youth coordinator. After four amazing years of ministry at Holy Family, Reed felt called to go to the seminary to discern becoming a priest. Reed also enjoys playing board games, being active, and making music for the Lord through the piano and singing.