Now available through Ignatius Press:
To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood
by Rev. Brett Brannen
To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood is the definitive guide for men considering the priesthood. Using powerful and entertaining stories, the book explains in down-to-earth language how to carefully discover God's call.
To Save a Thousand Souls has been bulk-ordered by over 100 U.S. dioceses, and has become the standard "catechism for discernment" throughout the country. It has been re-printed in Europe and Asia and translated into Spanish.
Readers are enthusiastic in their praise for To Save a Thousand Souls, saying it is easy to read and answers almost all their questions about discerning their vocation. Many young men who have read the book have gone on to enter seminary.
"Fr. Brannen's book is tremendous-inspirational, imminently practical,
and amazingly comprehensive. It is a clearly written "how to" manual
filled with solid advice for men discerning the priesthood. A marvelous
work of immense value."
- Fr. Len Plazewski, Past President of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors
"This is an outstanding book, specifically for diocesan priests and
those concerned with their work and spirituality. A really needed book
in this Year for Priests."
- Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
"This is the best book-length treatment of discerning a priestly
vocation I've seen. In particular, Fr. Brannen's treatment of celibacy
is balanced and comprehensive. The book portrays the priesthood
honestly and attractively, clearly expressing that faithfully living an
authentic priestly vocation is an exhilarating, fulfilling, and joyful
- Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore
"I compliment Fr. Brannen for this breakthrough work. I enjoyed the
book's conversational style and anecdotal stories, and I am especially
impressed by the chapter on celibacy and chastity, which achieves
remarkable clarity on difficult issues of discernment. It is a clear,
helpful, and down-to-earth book which will prove exceptionally useful
for men looking for answers about the priesthood, as well as those
assisting them in discernment."
- Most Rev. John J. Myers, Archdiocese of Newark, NJ
"During my many years of work with diocesan seminarians and priests I
have not come across anything that would be as helpful as this thorough
handbook. It is an amazing labor of love for the Church. I commend Fr.
Brannen for his prayerful insights as he gently explains the
discernment process with love and humor."
- Fr. John Horn, S.J., Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis
"A treasure chest for bishops, vocation directors and those discerning a vocation to diocesan priesthood."
- J. Kevin Boland; Bishop Emeritus of Savannah, GA
"Fr. Brett Brannen is the perfect priest to write this book. His
wisdom, knowledge, and obvious passion for priestly formation shine
through on every page."
- Fr. Luke Ballman, Past Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA
"This book is anointed. It's both inspiring and informative, and will
be a tremendous help for men who are hesitant about priesthood and need
practical advice. I know I will order copies for every man in my diocese
who is discerning."
- Fr. Tim McKeown, Vice-Rector of the North American College, Rome
" This book is a real Godsend. There is simply nothing else like it in
print. It will certainly be one of the most useful tools at a Vocation
Director's disposal when encouraging young men to consider the
priesthood. It is clear, convincing, and candid. The many stories
throughout the book are inspiring and very much to the point. Not only
do I wish that I had this available when I was a Vocation Director, I
wish that it had been available to me as a young man considering a
vocation to the priesthood. It would have answered so many of my
questions. All those involved in priestly vocation work owe Fr. Brannen
a debt of gratitude."
- Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, Rector, Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
"An unparalleled resource that covers everything men need to know when
praying about their vocation. It will be required reading for my men."
- Msgr. Rob Panke, President of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors
"To Save a Thousand Souls is a feast of information. Its
detailed exposition is the most complete I have ever seen. It will help
many men to come to a clear knowledge of priesthood and seminary. Fr.
Brannen's hard work is evident in the text; it is a labor of love."
- Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., Director of Theological Formation, Institute for Priestly Formation