If one feels a genuine call to a vocation within the Church but had attempted suicide as a teenager and thus has a canonical impediment to receive orders, is there any point in even going through a personal discernment process and/or trying to get in to a seminary at some point? Canon law states that a Bishop can grant a dispensation in such cases, but in reality is this something that really happens? I realize it’s an individual case by case type thing, but what is the case generally speaking? Also, are these dispensations requested prior to entering seminary in the case of a religious order? Any advice is much appreciated.