Hi. I am a young man at the crossroads you could say and I have a few questions about priesthood and the church's education.
First a little about myself: I have decided to spread The Word in life and put in work for the kingdom. When I first decided to do this I was bent on becoming a Jesuit priest and going on missions. I went to my parish priest and told him I wanted to become a priest and he told me something to the fact that I was adequate enough. I later realized the church would limit my mobility and limit exactly what I could do so becoming a priest seems like it may not be the best decision. I also don't want to segregate myself from other Christian believers too much and I feel that being caught up in the church may limit my ability to interact with other Christians. This leads me to my questions...
- Where can I learn all of what a priest learns, officially?
- If the only answer to the above question is at a seminary: Is it frowned upon to study to become a priest and leave the priesthood right before/after graduation?
- If I do decide to stick with being a priest upon graduation what are my freedoms mobility wise? (to choose where/when I want to preach, to whom etc)
- How often, weather on missions or in a parish, will I be interacting with the rest of the Christians besides Catholics.
- How long is a Jesuit priest's education?
I ask where to get the education because there just isn't anything good for Catholics textbook wise that gets as in depth as what the priests learn and I can tell. I know God, The Father, is willing to teach me all I need to know, but laying a foundation of knowledge for him to build on that is the best it can be is what I want and a proper education is what is needed. I know it is the Catholic church that will provide this for me and not another Christian college, without offense intended, I just know the Catholic church has more books to read from as well as a highly organized body of teachers.