1. How do I know that God is calling me? God may not speak directly to us like our family and friends do. God speaks in subtle ways. Prayer opens your heart to recognize when He may be speaking directly to you. Sometimes other people may say something to us that stirs our hearts. That can also be God’s way of communicating to you. As long as you are praying you will know.
2. How long does it take to become a priest? Between 5 to 8 years of Seminary studies. The number of years depends on whether you have had any college experience yet. If you have not had any college experience, whether you have just graduated high school or not, it generally takes 8 years.
3. What’s the difference between a priest in a Religious Order and a Diocesan Priest? A Diocesan Priest’s foremost ministry is parish based. They serve in a specific geographical area. A Religious Order Priest serves in a community (Franciscan, Benedictine, etc.) Their ministry is based on certain charisms (missionary work, working with the elderly, teaching, etc.)
4. What vows do priests make? Diocesan priests make no vows but, rather, promise to live a celibate lifestyle, pray the Liturgy of the Hours for the good of the whole church, and practice obedience to the Bishop and his successors. Religious Order priests make the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
5. Who can be a priest? A single man with average intelligence, emotional stability, a manner of generosity, and a true love for God and His Church. This man must be faithful to the Church’s teachings and loyal to the Pope and all Bishops in communion with him.
6. What does a priest do? A typical day for a priest is different each day depending on the work in which he is involved. Generally, a priest offers Mass in the morning and then prays the Liturgy of the Hours. He may have work to do in the parish office. He would visit hospitals and nursing homes. He may teach classes at his parish, and he would prepare people to receive various sacraments like matrimony and baptism. Basically, a priest lives to be of service to others.