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(Vo-car-ee) L. - "to call, to summon, to invoke, to invite"

The Vocare Blog will be a place to find articles, stories, updates, and other information related to vocations in the Universal Church and the Local Church in Raleigh.  From time to time you will find posts written by seminarians and priests of the Diocese.  Subscribe to Vocare now in order to receive the latest posts.

Meet New Seminarian Tom Duggan



Tom Duggan

2nd Theology

Seminary: Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook

Ordination Date: 2013

Birth Date: October 27th

Home Parish: St. Anthony of Padua (Southern Pines, NC)

High School: Flint Powers Catholic HS (Flint, MI)

College: B.A. from Hillsdale College; M.A. English from Oakland University.

Hobbies: Walking, hiking, current events, history, good literature.

Who Influenced/Inspired you to Priesthood: Pope John Paul II, my parents, various holy priests who are loyal to the Church.

What would you say to a young man who thinks he may have a vocation: The men who make the best priests are those who would have also made good husbands and fathers. They are warm, masculine men who enjoy people. Therefore, work, date, and test your vocation in the world. Then, if you are called to the seminary, you can offer up all this good life experience in your formation and preparation for serving the people. Have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. She will help keep you close to Christ because she loved Him the most.

Favorite Scripture Passage: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (MT 6:34)

Favorite Saint: The Virgin Mary

Anything else of note you would like to share with the Diocese: I have transferred from the Diocese of Cleveland to the Diocese of Raleigh. I am excited to be a part of this Diocese.