Thinking About Priesthood
Being a priest gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in many people's lives while serving God. Challenging, yet intensely rewarding, being a priest gives a deep meaning and purpose to life.
Choosing to become a priest is not an easy or quick decision. Sensing a "call from God" usually doesn't happen in the form of a thunderbolt, but is more often a gradual realization - one that takes time, a great deal of personal reflection, and prayer.
It means putting aside the busy pace of your daily life, taking the time to look inside yourself and thinking about your beliefs, hopes, and goals. It may also involve talking to your parish priest, chaplain, friend, mentor, or family member.
Deciding on a vocation is, in one sense, a career choice like any other. You must be a Catholic male, single, and in good health. You should have particular skills, such as the ability to interact with a wide range of people - young and old, rich and poor. But being a priest is more than a job - it's a way of life. Ministering to your community is not a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 job. It requires a strong personal and professional commitment that is reflected in all that you do - all that you are. Spiritual conviction is at the heart of what it means to be a priest.
There are many benefits and rewards in the priesthood. The opportunity to serve God and to bring hope, joy, and healing into the lives of many people brings with it a deep happiness and sense of peace.