Lord Jesus, use us to save souls, keep us always faithful to Your commandments, and never let us be parted from You.
(We are only able to accept applications from American citizens owing to U.S. State Department visa regulations in place from the Obama administration. That may change, but for now, we are prevented from pursuing international candidates.)
Saint Michael’s Media is an effort to bring the New Evangelization and the lay apostolate to the new media, and to embody the spiritual works of mercy of instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner and teaching the Catholic faith. Our work is dedicated to saving our own souls by making ourselves available to Our Blessed Lord to be used to help save other souls.
It is in this spirit that we want to share our apostolic work with young men (18–25 years of age, with minimum of a high school degree) still discerning how they might best serve Christ and His Church, as they seek to respond to the call of the Holy Spirit in their lives (emphasis on, but not limited to, former seminarians and those currently discerning).
So we are continuing with our effort we call PAUSE: an 11-month program structured roughly around a traditional academic calendar in which candidates learn deeply about the Catholic faith by taking a “pause” from their current life circumstances and come to pray/discern/study/work/live with other like-minded individuals who desire to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, and discern how best to serve the Church.
The program is directed toward young men who feel a deep desire to be at the service of the Church in this current time of Her great need, but who may not have had the opportunity to discern exactly how they can best do this, whether through a religious vocation, a vocation to marriage or a dedication to the life of lay apostolic celibacy.
This “pause” provides an opportunity for such reflection while also spending considerable time in study of the Faith, learning and doing the work of television production at the service of the Church, and most importantly, developing an established habit of prayer, both communal and private. All of this will be done while living together in a house of discernment.
Paramount in any discernment for a life in service to the Church is prayer. With an emphasis on frequent Mass, daily public recitation of the Divine Office, the Rosary, Angelus, mental prayer, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and spiritual guidance, discerners will encounter the art of communication with Our Lord. They will take what they have received in contemplation and distribute the fruits in media productions and administrative work at St. Michael’s Media. Privately, traditional spiritual readings drawn from the saints, Fathers and Doctors of the Church will also be a regular part of the program.
The Holy Spirit can only be heard in the ear that is trained and tested. Committing to one year of study, prayer, common life and an intense sacramental life, the discerner will mature. He will gain an invaluable year of experience working in and for the good of the Church.
The current generation is suffering greatly from a lack of effectual catechesis and apologetics, former mainstays of the Faith. An integral part of the life of faith is study and reflection. One cannot love what one does not know. With the goal of deepening one’s love for the Church and thereby Our Blessed Lord, catechesis and apologetics based on time-proven traditional sources such as Scripture, the Catechism, Church documents, and councils will be daily aspects of life.
In response to the Holy Father’s urgent and repeated calls for a New Evangelization,* and his desire that the tools of modern social communications be employed to their fullest, St. Michael’s Media has dedicated itself to a rigorous defense and promotion of the Holy Catholic faith using precisely these means. All candidates will be very exposed to this work and undergo training for full incorporation into the daily public work in which we are engaged.
*In his call for a New Evangelization, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that “we are searching for ... a new evangelization, capable of being heard by that world that does not find access to 'classic' evangelization. ... This is why we are obliged to look for new ways of bringing the Gospel to all.” Modern social communications are “marvels of technology which God has destined human genius to discover” (“Inter Mirifica”) and can be used for great good as well as great evil.
Because the work of discernment is accomplished both privately and in community, all candidates will live in the same house, which will be provided in exchange for their commitment to work. All other expenses incurred during the year are the responsibility of the candidate.
Personal transportation is the responsibility of the candidate, as well as car insurance and health insurance.
(It is very important to consider at this point that the PAUSE program, while having a very heavy work aspect, is not primarily a job for a year. It is an opportunity to begin habits of sanctification and to discern how one can best spend his life in service to the Church.)
While the program is a lay initiative, discerners will be able to draw on the pastoral care of priests at a local parish who understand the Church's current struggles and are completely in conformity and juridical unity with the Roman Pontiff. Participants in the PAUSE program will, of course, have usual access to the sacraments and parish life. Saint Michael’s Media is very committed to a holy priesthood and abundantly hopes many candidates will recognize a vocation to the priesthood in their own circumstances.
Each candidate will be given the tools to grow in both love and understanding of his faith through means of prayer, study, work and community life. The results for each participant will be determined by his personal motivation, beginning with a strong desire to learn and discern, with a heavy emphasis on personal docility.
Requirements for well-suited candidates include:
Applications will open March 17, 2017 and close June 17, 2017.
Phase I: Internet Application
Phase II: Online essay — choice of three topics provided by St. Michael's Media (no more than 500 words)
Phase III: Skype interview (with St. Michael's Media personnel)
Phase IV: (optional) Visit St. Michael’s Media in Ferndale, Michigan (at candidate's expense)
Phase V: Final selection
For those selected, the PAUSE program will begin Monday, August 7, 2017 and will end Friday, July 1, 2018.
Move will be the preceding weekend: August 5–6, 2017