Become a Paulist Father

Is God calling you to serve His Church as priest?

Do you know someone who would make a great priest?

Are you the family member or friend of a man discerning a vocation to the priesthood?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are in the right place!

Please explore these pages for answers to many of your vocations questions.  Also, please do not hesitate to contact Paulist Fr. Dat Tran, our vocation director, at (917) 830-5537 or

Meet our awesome group of current seminarians and novices!

The application process involves a range of activities from interviews, to evaluations and many vocational events.

Attend a vocations event to see us up close! Events provide a chance to learn firsthand about our community life and communal prayer life.

Meet the Vocation Director



Paulist Fr. Dat Tran is our vocation director. He seeks out and works with men around the United States and Canada who are discerning a vocation to serve the Church as a Paulist Father.

Fr. Dat was ordained in May, 2011, by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York at our mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York City.

In his first assignment, Fr. Dat served as associate pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles.  After three years in that role, he became associate pastor at Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish at the University of California, Berkeley — where, as a student, he first met our community.

Fr. Dat can be reached at (917) 830-5537 or

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Our free Vocations mobile app is for Apple/iOS and Android smart phones. The app brings together information about a Paulist vocation, our Facebook and Twitter feeds, podcasts, videos and more.

Answering the Call

We know that some people view becoming a Catholic priest as a radical decision. They are correct! It's a radical life! But, it's a wonderful life. It's a life filled with unique opportunities to reach out, bring peace and seek unity among God's people. And, as a Paulist Father, you may have the chance to share the Gospel in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Be not afraid! God is with you!

Get In Touch

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about vocations and discernment!  You may use the form below.  Or, you can reach us at (917) 830-5537 or

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