I want to be a priest of the FSSP. Obviously I have other, spiritual and vocational concerns but this thread is more about my practical concerns.
I’ll get straight to it, shall I!
**1.**I have yet to be confirmed
It’s horrible. I’m almost 21 years old. In my home town, I was considered too young to start classes with whoever was doing them at the beginning of the cycle (was 15 at the time). The next time the opportunity came my dad was unsure of the orthodoxy of the classes so we left it. Now at university I took classes for 2 years… then when the time came last year my otherwise wonderful and orthodox Catechist forgot to tell me the date and where to go for confirmation, so I missed it and the Bishop only visits the area once every 2 years. So now, I am left unconfirmed and it a state of flux as it were.
**2.**Academic year finishes in November/begins January here - so for 8 months or so I will have nothing to do
I live in the Southern Hemisphere were dates are different for schooling etc. So because I am still in University just finishing off post-graduate education I will have to wait 8 months for the academic year in America to start in August 2012 [because I will be applying to the FSSP Seminary in America]. In between that time I am not sure what to do and I am also scared I ‘lose’ my vocation and get cold feet as it were.
**3.**My Mom doesn’t know that this is what I want to do and I am not sure that she’ll agree/pay/understand
My Mom is not Catholic, nor religious in any sense. She thinks that Catholicism holds me back from all the “fun things people my age do”. She also sees me as her golden boy who will make lots of money and be successful as an academic (which is what I have told her is my plan, I study Philosophy). She might also be extremely angered that I “wasted” 4 years doing a degree only to dedicate myself to God. My Mom is very well off and I live a luxurious lifestyle even as a student which I am grateful for, but this isn’t for me I don’t think, I just want God, it’s all I want. My dad can’t afford to send me anywhere either. This is just speculation though and she might actually understand and be happy for me.