Hello (and sorry if this is a repetition of other threads).
Like many who come to this forum, the “thought” (as I don’t know what to call it) about exploring the priesthood has been with me for a number of years. The past five years it has been repeatedly present and each time I’ve turned away from the idea and focused on professional work without entertaining it.
In recent months I’ve attempt to “turn and face it” and engage with my faith. However, I am confused and think I am an unlikely candidate to be called by God: I have a strong faith, been Catholic since birth, but have not been engaged with the established Church for some time. I guess you could call me semi-lapsed as I pray in my own space but have avoided much of the established Church (like Mass, the Sacraments, Confession) outside of Easter and Christmas.
I have always prayed, though without a established routine. In recent months I’ve corrected that and in facing this thought/feeling I have returned to Mass and regular prayer which has helped me in my daily life. However the feeling/thought/call to do more is still there very strongly to the point where focusing on my professional job has become difficult.
I have since ordered To Save a Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett Brannan, who it seems is regarded worldwide as an expert on vocational discernment, including in my country. I am thinking of discussing the situation with a priest (but I do not know any of them well) or the Diocese Vocations Director.
What do you guys recommend and as I’m a little anxious, does anyone know what a typical first meeting with the Vocations Director would be like?