Ever thought about becoming a priest?

Do you know someone over 30 who might have a vocation?

Some men mistakenly assume priesthood is not an option because they had been married, had children, lacked a college degree, or thought they were “too old” or “not good enough.” Deacon Steve Kramer is going to host Zoom “Meet & Greets” for men over 30 who might be wondering if God is calling them. These Zoom sessions are informal, no presentation, just bring your own coffee and questions.


Sacred Heart has been helping to guide second career vocations since 1970. We invite you to register for one of the upcoming sessions, or to encourage someone you think might have a calling to sign-up.  There is nothing to lose, but a lot to gain!

Frequently Asked Questions


Saints Who Were Later Vocations

Helpful Links

Helpful Contacts

Deacon Steve Kramer

  • Director of Recruitment

  • Director of Homiletics

  • Associate Professor, Pastoral Studies



More Information

Deacon Steve Kramer was featured in the 2022 March/April issue of The Deacon. Read the article here.

Faith Stories

“Sacred Heart Thrives in Assisting with ‘Second Vocations'”

Click HERE to read the article from the Catholic Herald about the faith journey of our seminarian, Dcn. Dan Kostelc.


View another later vocation story here! Catholic Philly Later Vocation Story

God is Calling – ‘Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening’

Deacon Steve Kramer, director of homiletics and director of recruitment at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, is available for an informal meeting where anyone could ask about anything related to feeling called to a vocation. Sacred Heart Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Monica Misey, interviewed Deacon Kramer, to start the conversation. To read the interview, God is Calling – ‘Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening‘ click here.

Listen to this podcast about Fr. Christopher Klusman, a graduate of Sacred Heart, about his vocation story and ministry among the deaf community.


Rector’s Welcome

Listen to a welcome by our President-Rector, Very Rev. Raúl Gómez-Ruiz SDS, Ph.D.

SHSST Video Tour

Join us on a virtual tour of Sacred Heart and see what our seminary has to offer!

God Can Call You at Any Age

One Minute With...Dcn. Dan Kostelc

A Day in the Life

Check our video about what it is like to be a part of the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology community!

Follow Your Heart

Discerning the priesthood? Follow your heart and listen to God's calling.

Going Back to School

Concerned about going back to school? We specialize in vocations over 30.

Forming Great Preachers

Dcn. Steve Kramer, Director of Homiletics, describes our process of forming great preachers.