An afternoon of discussion and camaraderie with the Diocese’s shepherd and priests will take place June 29 for those discerning a call to the priesthood.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. in St. John Church, Allentown, followed by a barbecue under tents on the parish property. Men ages 15 to 40 are invited to attend.

“The aim of this event is to connect with potential new discerners, as well as to foster community among our current discerners,” said Father Jason Parzynski, diocesan director of vocations. “It’s a great low-key event to invite someone who is hesitant or just beginning to think about the priesthood.”

The last “Come and See” discernment event took place in January 2020 before COVID-19; the summer 2020 barbecue was canceled because of the pandemic. In the meantime, Father Parzynski explained, “We’ve done one-on-one phone calls instead.”

Those seeking more information, men currently in formation and ordained clergy of the vocations team will be present at the barbecue.

“This is for those who … want to see what it’s all about – an opportunity to connect, ask questions,” Father Parzynski said. “The ultimate aim is to discern God’s will and to help them have the confidence to make the next choice – whether it’s to enter seminary or to go another direction.”

Other “Come and See” events planned for the near future include an August pilgrimage to Our Lady of Czestochowa shrine in Doylestown, Pa., as well as the return of the Called by Name campaign and discernment groups in the fall.

Registration is required and can be made at, or by emailing St. John Church is located at 1282 Yardville Allentown Rd., Allentown.