Toledo Priesthood

Is God calling you to be a Catholic Priest?

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Welcome to the Diocese of Toledo Office of Priestly Vocations!

God has created each person in the world to fulfill a specific mission and to fulfill a unique role in God’s plan of salvation. Our office helps young men better understand whether God is inviting them to serve the Church as an ordained priest.

Rev. Philip Smith, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations, is available to answer your questions about priesthood and help you better understand God’s plan for your life.

Contact Rev. Phil Smith


Upcoming Vocation Events

Hold back nothing of yourself, that He who gives himself totally for you, may receive you totally!
— St Francis of Assisi

The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas

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Eighth Bishop of Toledo

Daniel Thomas was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Francis and Anna Thomas. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School and then attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Krol on May 18, 1985.

On June 8, 2006, Rev. Daniel Thomas was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Bardstown by Pope Benedict XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on July 26 from Justin Cardinal Rigali, with Archbishops John Foley and Edwin O'Brien serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. He adopted as his episcopal motto: Dominus Meus Et Deus Meus ('My Lord and My God') (John 20:28).

Pope Francis named him Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo on August 26, 2014. He was installed on October 22, 2014.


Meet Our Seminarians

Click on the link below to view our seminarians and find out a little information about each of them.

Promote Vocations

Click on the link below for information to share with young adults about priestly vocations, prayer resources, etc.

Contact Us

Click on the link below to contact Fr. Phil Smith, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations.