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The Lord calls each of one of us to live holy lives by entering into a unique relationship with Him by committing one’s life to one of the following particular vocations: 

  • Holy Orders (the priesthood and permanent diaconate);
  • Consecrated Life (religious institutes, private and public associations of the faithful, secular institutes, and consecrated virgins);
  • Married Life; and the 
  • Single Holy Life.

The Office of Vocations assists the faithful in discerning their vocations and has a particular mandate to promote vocations to the priesthood.

Vocations Director: Reverend Marc Cramer
Email: Contact Us and select 'Vocations'
Mail: Office of Vocations
St. Joseph Seminary
9828 - 84 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6A 0B2

Associate Vocations Director:
Reverend Tomasz Puslecki
(Red Deer Region)
Email: OLPeace.Innisfail(at)
Phone: 403-227-3932

Vocations Assistant: Yvonne Dutton
Email: vocationsadmin(at)
Phone: 780-392-2445 ext. 2322

Exiit Qui Seminat – St. Joseph Seminary's bi-yearly newsletter

Called by Name

What does it take to become a priest? You might be surprised. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Edmonton is pleased to present “Called By Name,” a new video series that tells the stories of six men who took very different paths to priesthood.

This month, our featured priest is Father Michael Schumacher. When a friend asked Michael if he’d ever considered being a priest, he thought he was crazy for asking, because Michael was in a serious relationship. After attending World Youth Day in Toronto, he knew God had other plans for him.

Today Father Michael serves as pastor at St. Martin of Tours in Vegreville and the associated parishes in Viking and Holden. Click below to watch the video, and please feel free to share his story!


Called By Name: Father Michael from Archdiocese of Edmonton on Vimeo.

To view all the videos in the Called By Name series, visit our YEG Vocations Playlist on Youtube or the Called By Name Album on Vimeo. Come and See!

Wondering about Priesthood or Religious Life?

Abide YEG is a great new resource for young adults in the Year of Consecrated Life.

The blog includes excellent podcasts by Father Glenn, who uses the Gospel of John to address questions that young adults have told us are at top of mind in today's world. He is assisted by a university student who is discerning, and together they post answers to all kinds of questions about religious life, and life in general.

Be sure to share with anyone you know who may be wondering ...

Novena to the Holy Spirit for Vocations

We encourage everyone to pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Vocations at any time of year, but especially in the 9 days leading up to the Come & See weekends.

Please download & print this document for personal use or use by a parish, youth group. If you would like a booklet mailed to you, please contact the Vocations Office at vocationsadmin(at)

Come and See Weekend at the Seminary

Twice a year, the Archdiocese of Edmonton offers a weekend live-in experience for men who are discerning a call to the priesthood. We call them “Come and See Weekends” and they are held at St. Joseph Seminary.

If you’ve been thinking and talking about the priesthood, a Come and See Weekend will provide an opportunity to ask your questions, express your concerns, meet other seminarians and pray for God’s will. There is no cost to you, no obligations.

Registration forms can be obtained from the Vocation Director of your diocese. If you need their name and number, please contact Yvonne at the Edmonton Vocation Office and  St. Joseph Seminary: 780-392-2445 or email or email using the Contact Us link and selecting 'Vocations'.

Exiit Qui Seminat newsletter

The seminarians produce their own newsletter twice a year.

Get a glimpse of these men and their life at St. Joseph Seminary by checking out the new digital version of the latest issue of Exiit Qui Seminat.

Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father,
bless your Church in the
Archdiocese of Edmonton
with an abundance of holy and zealous priests,
deacons, religious, and seminarians.

Give those You have called to the married state
and those You have chosen to live as
single persons in the world, the special graces
that their lives require.

Form us all in the likeness of Your Son
so that in Him, with Him, and through Him
we may love You more deeply
and serve You more faithfully,
always and everywhere.

With the virgin mother Mary we ask this
through Christ your Son.