Thomas Merton

“Spiritual direction is a continuous process of formation and guidance, in which a Christian is led and encouraged in his special vocation”

Spiritual Direction and Vocational Discernment

Students are invited to explore the presence of God in their lives through regular spiritual direction. By meeting with trained directors, students are better able to see God at work and hear God’s special call in their own lives. Students of all faith backgrounds are invited to pursue spiritual direction.

In addition, the Office of Campus Ministry and Student Life is designed to accompany Father Ryan students and families through the journey of life, with its joys and sorrows. Often, you will find our Chaplain or other Campus Ministry staff providing pastoral care: at the hospital visiting sick patients, attending visitations and funerals, or making home visits to be with students in their time of need. Should you wish to pray with Campus Ministry or have accompaniment on the journey, contact us at any time.

The Melchizedek Project

The Melchizedek Project is a discernment group for high school students who love Jesus Christ and are willing to talk to other like-minded men about their future. The group meetings are NOT meant to convince you that priesthood is your vocation.  But as a Catholic man – even if you’re currently dating – at some point you have to ask yourself whether or not God is calling you to be a priest.

All meetings will be led by Fr. Gervan Menezes, Chaplain. Your presence and participation in this authentic discernment beginning will be greatly appreciated. Meetings are once a month.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Gervan.


Magnificat is a vocational discernment group for young women who may feel called to religious life. Father Ryan is blessed to partner with Dominican sisters who visit Father Ryan once per month to meet with interested students and discuss God’s call in their lives.

This space is welcoming and warm, designed to help students better hear God’s voice. God is calling all of us into lives of holiness and service – is the sisterhood God’s way for you to live out this call?

All are welcome to Magnificat. For more information, please contact Fr. Gervan or Mrs. Elfers.

Learn More About Spiritual Direction from our Director

Rev. Gervan Menezes

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    Rev. Gervan Menezes
    (615) 383-4200 x 2158

    Father Gervan Menezes, more commonly known as Father G, was named the Chaplain of Father Ryan High School in the summer of 2014, following his ordination to the priesthood. A native of Fortaleza, Ceara Brazil, he leads the school in the worship of God through prayer and sacramental life. As Chaplain he revived and directs the Melchizedek Project and also heads the Cooking Club, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, and Spiritual Direction. Father G received the 2015 Father Black Award from the Football Team. He studied at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, TX and earned his Master of Arts in Theology and Master’s in Divinity, Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus S.T.B. from the Oblate School of Theology and Saint Paul University in Ontario, Canada, in 2010. He completed his undergraduate studies in Brazil at Universidade de Fortaleza and Instituto Teological Pastoral do Ceara, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Philosophy.