By personal invitation from the Bishop of Worcester, the Aspirancy Program is for men in high school, college, or in the working world, who have graduated from the initial stages of private discernment to more formal stages of discernment in group settings. This discernment is guided by the Bishop, the director of vocations, spiritual directors, and priest-mentors.

Aspirants commit themselves to daily prayer, daily examen of conscience, faithful Mass attendance, frequent reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, Eucharistic adoration, praying of the rosary, monthly spaghetti suppers, annual retreat attendance, charitable works, and St. Paul Cathedral altar service during special liturgies.

Aspirants are occasionally asked to share their “vocation stories” in public settings (i.e. at the annual retreat) to assist attendees in their own discernment, and to encourage the faithful to continue to pray for vocations. Aspirants live exemplary moral lives and are charged by the Bishop to be missionaries of evangelization to their peer groups. Their ongoing formation through conferences, workshops, personal study, and travel experiences is fully funded by an anonymous gift to the Diocese of Worcester.

Aspirants are enjoined to safeguard and shield this sacred stage of discernment as they seek God’s will with hearts and minds open to the possible future application to college or major seminary.