Mr. Michael Dickson

Michael Dickson
City
Needham
State
MA
Country
United States
High School
Needham High School
College
Stonehill College, BA in Economics
UMass Boston, Pre-Med
Class Year
Second Theology

 

What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

Not being satisfied with the promises of career and to confirm whether God is calling me to the priesthood.

Who are some of the people who influenced your decision to enter the seminary? What is it about them that assisted you?

I spoke with a priest from a neighboring parish who encouraged me to attend seminary to discern. He confirmed that men go to seminary to discern God’s calling, not just to become a priest. This was a relief because I thought you had to be 100% certain God is calling you to priesthood before entering seminary. I am now aware that you cannot fully discern outside of seminary.

What would you say is the role of prayer in the life of a seminarian and what effect does it have on one's ability to see God's call?

Spirituality is a big part of priestly formation. It can be difficult with all the responsibilities of Seminary, but one must make time to pray every day. There is nothing more important than daily communication with God.

What advice would you give to a man who thinking about his vocation and is considering that God may be calling him to be a priest?

Go to seminary and find out. You cannot fully discern outside of seminary.

What do you like most about being a seminarian?

The brotherhood community. It is so refreshing to live in a community where everyone is trying to grow closer to God.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing a man who is considering the seminary?

Fear. It takes courage to take that “leap”. Trust in God and jump!

What are some of your hobbies or pastimes? What are some of the things you like to do in your "free" time?

Spending time with family and friends

What do you think is the best way to encourage vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Boston?

Ask people. I’m sure there are men in your home parish who you think would make a good priest. Ask them, “have you ever thought about becoming a priest?”

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Michael Dickson
City
Needham
State
MA
Country
United States
High School
Needham High School
College
Stonehill College, BA in Economics
UMass Boston, Pre-Med
Class Year
Second Theology