Welcome to the Diocese of St. Augustine Vocations Office!

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We are anxious to answer any questions that you may have about the priesthood and are available to help you in any way that we can. God calls us to the priesthood in different and mysterious ways. Father David Ruchinski and Father Steven Zehler assist men in the initial discernment process. Therefore, potential candidates are encouraged to contact them at the Vocations Office with any questions or concerns regarding a call to the priesthood.

When a candidate wishes to pursue God’s call to the priesthood, the vocation director coordinates the application process. Once a candidate is accepted as a seminarian, he begins his formation to the priesthood at the seminary. During the seminary years, the vocation director, on behalf of the diocesan bishop, oversees the seminarian’s formation and evaluation in preparation for the ultimate reception of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.



Street and Mailing Address
Vocation Office
Catholic Center
11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Fax: (904) 562-6907

Father David Keegan

Associate Directors
Father David Ruchinski

Father Steven Zehler

Administrative Assistant
Kathy Martens
(904) 262-3200, ext. 101