Saint Thomas Aquinas House of Discernment is a 501(c)3 IRS registered public charity that supports men discerning or pursuing religious and priestly vocations by providing financial support for tuition, living and travel expenses, and other necessaries.
St. Thomas Aquinas House has no legal affiliation with any denomination. It was founded in 2013 with the help of Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss, at the time, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit (now retired).
From 2013 to 2017, it also enjoyed the generous endorsement of the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, the Catholic Archbishop of Detroit, but always remained an independent public charity, which seeks to aid Catholic men in the difficult task of responding to God’s calling to a traditional vocation in the tumultuous and spiritually deafening age in which we live.
“Many are called, but few are chosen,” (Mt. 22:14). We live during a vocational crisis. Too many men fail to respond to the calling that God gives them because the noise of the world has made them deaf to His voice. Still others are unable to respond when they hear the call owing to a variety of practical obstacles. Tired of seeing good vocations go unrealized, St. Thomas Aquinas House is dedicated to the support of men pursuing traditional religious and priestly vocations. We support the men who will pray to God for our needs, the men who will teach and edify us in the faith and the men who will someday bring us the Last Rites.
Is there an actual House?
At present, our public charity provides no direct housing for men in discernment but assists them with the cost of living wherever the Lord takes them. From 2013 to 2017, however, St. Thomas Aquinas House accomplished its mission primarily through the direct maintenance of a living facility for men in discernment located in Hazel Park, MI through a mutual arrangement with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. For more on the Catholic community of men that once resided there: under the ‘Our Vocations’ tab, select the blog posting entitled ‘What about the Brothers?’