Date of Award

Summer 1963

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Bernert, Roman

Second Advisor

Theisen, William W.


Vocational guidance forms an important part of our present day education. It is of utmost importance that our youth be directed to the vocation and occupation best suited to their natures and personalities, especially if the vocation under consideration involves a life-long contract, as in for instance, the priesthood. The problem of this particular research paper is to determine whether background factors such as the place of origin, the religion, marital status and economic condition of the parents and the mental ability of the students have any significant effect on the eventual success of a seminarian in the achievement of his goal, the priesthood. The study is based on the students who enrolled in a particular minor seminary from the year 1935 to the year 1945. The data was gathered from the student folders.