Contacting the Vocations Office

Providing resources and support to help you discern.

Starting the Conversation

Discernment is an adventure, but you need others that will help and support you along the way. That is why it is important to learn as much as you can, talk to others about their experiences, and reflect on your life up to this point in prayer. We are here to help provide the resources you need to make the decision of whether or not the collar is right for you. Whether you are just checking out your options, you would like to talk to someone in person, or you think you are ready, we are here to help.

Pray for and connect with our seminarians

The seminarians daily lift up the faithful of the diocese in prayer. Consider “adopting” a seminarian to pray for daily throughout their formation. Please contact the vocation office if you would like to let one of the seminarians know that you are praying for them directly.

Contact Us

Diocesan Website:

Address: 7800 Carousel Ln, Richmond, VA 23294

Phone: (804) 359-5661

Fax: (804) 358-9159

    Very Reverend Matthew A. Kiehl
    Vicar for Vocations

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    Praised be Jesus Christ!  I’m grateful for the opportunity to introduce myself as I begin a new chapter in ministry as Vicar for Vocations.  I grew up in Chesterfield County, attending Church of the Epiphany in Midlothian.  After attending George Mason University, where I earned a degree in government and international politics, I was accepted to seminarian for the diocese and began formation at Theological College in Washington, DC.  I was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 2015, and have served as a parochial vicar (St. Andrew’s and St. Gerard’s in Roanoke), high school teacher/campus minister (Roanoke Catholic School), campus ministry chaplain (William & Mary, Williamsburg) and most recently as pastor of Holy Spirit parish in Virginia Beach.  Being a priest is the greatest joy of my life, a humbling and truly awesome adventure with the Lord — and what an exciting time in the Church this is to be in ministry!  I look forward to this opportunity to serve in the Lord’s vineyard as He invites many men to harvest His abundance.  Let’s continue to pray for an increase in holy vocations and for the Holy Spirit to enliven our hearts!

    Praying for Vocations

    You can help by asking the Lord to send workers into His vineyard!

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