Assist & Develop

We journey with people their discernment process to discover God's plan in their lives, and create materials, events and programs to help parishes, schools and other groups to promote vocations.

Provide & Coordinate

We offer opportunities for Discernment evenings, retreats and occasions to visit Serra House, while also collaborating with Vocation Committees, Serrans, Knights of Columbus and other groups in efforts to promote vocations.

Recruit & Accompany

We place a particular focus on working with and screen men who have the desire to become Diocesan priests for the Diocese of San Bernardino.

A vocation is a response to a call, a call of love.

The mission of the Vocations Office is to help all people develop an understanding of the call to be a child of God. In doing so we promote vocations to lay ministry, religious life, diaconate and priesthood so that people's lives are filled with hope.

Discernment

Find out what it takes

Becoming a Priest in the Diocese of San Bernardino

Procedures followed in the Vocations Office in accepting new seminarians to Serra House. A man wishing to enter our seminary must:

  • Be a practicing Catholic and involved in ministry of some kind
  • Have a healthy relationship with God, get along with people and show a concern for their welfare
  • Have a good recommendation from his Pastor
  • Have the ability and desire to live a celibate life
  • Fill out the necessary application and paperwork including recommendations
  • Meet on a regular basis with Vocation Office personnel
  • Attend monthly ‘Discernment meetings’
  • Be willing to be involved in social concerns
  • Have leadership qualities that can be developed - according to his age level
  • Be able to handle the studies required - General Education, Philosophy and Theology
  • Be in good general health
  • Be in good psychological health
  • Take the necessary psychological tests with a good recommendation from psychologist
  • Meet the Criteria to be hired through Live Scan process
  • Take the necessary classes needed for the Office for protection of youth

St. Junipero Serra House of Formation

12725 Oriole Ave., Grand Terrace, CA 92313

St. Junipero Serra House of Formation is a Catholic seminary community in the Diocese of San Bernardino for young men who envision a ministry as priests. After years of existence in small and aged facilities in Riverside, the seminary community moved to a new 1.5 acre campus in the foothills of Grand Terrace in 2005.

The new Serra House includes 69,000 square feet of building including 22 dorm rooms, three additional guest rooms, a chapel, a library, a dining room and multiple classrooms/meeting rooms.


Discernment Evenings at Serra House

4th Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Open to men and women who are trying to determine what God is calling them to do with their lives. These evenings allow participants to join in a general session devoted to scripture and faith sharing.

For more information, contact Gloria at 909.783.1305

Our Seminarians

Men currently in formation for priesthood study at one of three locations.

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Richard Ahumada

St. Francis of Assisi, La Quinta


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Alwyn Anfone

Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga


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Luis Chavez

St. Edward, Corona


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Alex Corado

St. Louis, Cathedral City


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Derek Cossio

St. John XXIII, Fontana/Rialto


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Derek Curtis

St. Patrick, Moreno Valley


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Triet Dang

Seattle, WA


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Isaias Delgadillo

St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto


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Ted Drennan

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Twenty-nine Palms


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Michael Ezeoke

Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga


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Carlos Flores

Sacred Heart, Jurupa Valley


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Rafael Flores

St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto


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Charles "Gino" Galley

St. John XXIII, Fontana/Rialto


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Jonathan Garcia

St. George, Ontario


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Antonio Guzman

Holy Family, Hesperia


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Giovanni Hernandez

St. Anthony, San Jacinto


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Ian Hollick

Corpus Christi, Corona


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Alfredo Ledesma

Our Lady of Hope, San Bernardino


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Gerardo Lopez

Christ the Redeemer, Grand Terrace


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Juan Lopez

St. Christopher, Moreno Valley


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Sergio Morales

Christ the Redeemer, Grand Terrace


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Jesus Muratalla Ornelas

St. Christopher, Moreno Valley


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Antonio Padilla

St. Joan of Arc, Victorville


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Vincent Padilla

St. Adelaide, Highland


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Jose Perez

St. John the Evangelist, Jurupa Valley


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Julian Plascencia

St. Joan of Arc, Victorville


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Maurice Quindoy

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rancho Cucamonga


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Francisco Ramirez

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside


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Anthony Ribaya

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Yucaipa


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Bryant Rivas

St. Mel, Norco


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Andres Rivera

St. Joseph, Fontana


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Fidel Rivero

St. Joseph, Barstow


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Juan Robles

St. George, Ontario


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Alex Rodarte

St. Catherine of Siena, Rialto


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Juan Sandoval

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Rancho Cucamonga


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Geovanni Sevilla

Christ the Redeemer, Grand Terrace


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Noel Simental

St. Frances of Rome, Wildomar


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Jorge Tellez

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Riverside


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Pablo Tiriquiz

Immaculate Conception, Colton


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Onyecache Damien Ugocha

Sacred Heart, Rancho Cucamonga


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Ismael Valenzuela

Christ the Redeemer, Grand Terrace


What’s New?

Get the latest news and resources from the Office of Vocations

Vocation Prayer Calendar

Pray for all those in formation in the Diocese of San Bernardino. Click on image to view our prayer calendar.


Vocations Poster

Our new vocations poster is now available! Please contact us if you have not yet received yours. Parishes: remember to pass out the vocation materials you received during the combined vicariate meeting at Confirmations to those visiting. Download Poster


Vocation Retreats

The Office of Vocations organizes annual retreats for middle school, high school, and young adult groups. The office also collaborates with parishes and schools in offering vocation awarness events.


Nativity Celebration

Every year St. Junipero Serra House of Formation opens its doors to the diocesan community for its Nativity Celebration. The event is held each year on the first Friday of December.


Seminarian Q&A

Meet the seminarians of St. Junipero Serra House of Formation, Grand Terrace.

Vocation video series

Videos on Vocations from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

From St. John Paul II

"I Will Give You Shepherds", Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation.

Words of inspiration

Scripture passages on vocation, discernment and the priesthood.

Vocation prayers

A selection of prayers for vocations.

Got a Question? We’re Here to Help!

Get in touch with us

Office of Vocations

Sr. Sarah Shrewsbury, O.S.C.

Vocations Director

Rev. Javier Gonzalez

Associate Director

Gloria Orozco

Secretary/Facilities Manager

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