About Us

The Archdiocese of Mobile is committed to directing people who are discerning God’s call to serve His Church. Here at the Office of Vocations, we strive to help you in your journey to discern the vocation you are being called to in the Catholic Church, especially within the Archdiocese of Mobile.
This website is here to provide a resource to those who are interested in discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.
We also hope this is a place where many of you can come to know our seminarians better. Feel free to use the information here to contact them. They love to get letters.
Finally, we hope this site will be used to encourage young people to discern their vocation well.
Please keep all of our seminarians in your prayers.
In His Name,

Most Reverend Thomas J Rodi
Archbishop of Mobile

Father Travis Burnett
Vocations Director

Father Patrick Arnsberg
Associate Vocations Director


Click on a Picture to get to know the Seminarians

Deacon Christopher (Chris) Boutin
Theology IV
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: February 28, 1980

Nicholas Napolitano
Theology III
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: September 6, 1991

Joseph (Joe) O’Gorman
Pastoral Year (St. Lawrence Parish)
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: July 15, 1990

Andrew Jones
Theology II
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: April 19, 1986

Gilbert (Gil) Pierre
Theology II
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: December 3, 1991

Joseph (Joey) Dunbar
Theology II
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: Dec 18, 1984

Michael (Mike) Harp
Theology I
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: February 2, 1988

Patrick Gilbreath
Theology I
St. Meinrad Seminary
DOB: June 10, 1992

Ford Chambliss
College IV
St. John Vianney
DOB: April 14, 1993

Daniel Davidson
College IV
St. John Vianney
DOB: April 20, 1992

Connor Plessala
College IV
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: June 15, 1994

Ryan Dardard
College IV
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: October 10, 1988

Peyton Plessala
College IV
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: Dec 15, 1992

Jose (Joe) Hernandez
College III
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: April 24, 1995

Gabriel (Gabe) Murphy
College III
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: January 7, 1995

John Paul Sylvester
College III
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: October 12, 1995

Alexander (Alex) Crow
College III
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: November 13, 1992

Dillon Stein
College III
St. Joseph Seminary
DOB: July 10, 1993

Zachery (Zach) Halloran
College I
St. John Vianney
DOB: Jan 11, 1997

Is God calling YOU to serve the Archdiocese of Mobile?

  1. Pray and Listen asking the Lord daily to show you his will.
  2. Pray the Rosary asking for the intercession of Mary, Mother of priests.
  3. Pray a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament regularly.
  4. Attend Mass frequently (daily if possible) and receive Communion.
  5. Go to Confession on a consistent basis.
  6. Read Scripture and meditate on God’s word.
  7. Talk to a priest you find approachable and ask for spiritual advice.
  8. Contact the Vocation Director at (251) 343-3662.
  9. Talk to seminarians when they come home for the holidays.
  10. Become involved in your parish
  11. (BONUS) If God is calling you to be a priest, trust that you will be happy and fulfilled following his perfect will. God will never send you where his grace cannot sustain you!
  • Men who love the Church, her people, and want to be a part of the Church and serve her people. This is counter cultural as we increasingly do not wish to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
  • Men who wish to give their life as a gift to God and the Church. This is what the sign of celibacy is saying, namely, that I wish to totally make a gift of my life for the Kingdom of God. Again, counter cultural.
  • Men who will teach the truth of Jesus Christ with courage and conviction in our ever secular world in which relativism is so pervasive. Again, counter cultural.
  • Men who will help the people of the Church use their God given talents to build up the Kingdom of God. The Second Vatican Council taught that all the baptized are commissioned by the Lord to do His work and the priest needs to invite and challenge all to be involved in God’s work.
  • Men who deeply love the Lord and want to grow in their relationship with Him.
Men who attend seminary receive the best education the Church has to offer. The official Priestly Plan of Formation focuses on four major areas of development to help the seminarian become a well-rounded man capable of leading the Church to a deeper relationship with God.

  1. Human formation: forming the future priests’ personality to be a bridge to Christ; ensuring healthy psycho-sexual development and a mature integrity.
  2. Spiritual formation: developing a deep and mature relationship with Christ through prayer and virtuous living.
  3. Intellectual formation: understanding the truths of the Faith and cultivating the skills to teach the Faith to others.
  4. Pastoral formation: learning how to be a “shepherd of souls,” helping parishioners through the joys and trials of life.

Our seminarians are always happy to receive mail (or cookies) while they are away at school! Don’t hesitate to write to them today!

St. Meinrad School of Theology
200 Hill Dr.
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

St. Joseph Seminary College
75376 River Rd.
St. Benedict, LA 70457

St. John Vianney College Seminary
2115 Summit Ave #5024
St. Paul, MN 55105

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