I have recently found out my court case is being ‘redocketed’ as it’s called. This means reprocessed through the court system. This is because I have failed to attend my ‘intensive outpatient’ substance abuse/mental health program often enough and I was discharged. I was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon last October and was given the privilege to probation. I am facing, probably, up to 3 years in jail. This of course really troubles me. The background to the story is that I had a knife in my pocket longer than 4 inches by a quarter inch. I was carrying it because I was wearing a rather offensive halloween costume. Walking into a bank (as a prank) got the cops called on me. It wasn’t a good time. Induced by a manic episode. Yes, I’m bipolar…usually depressed. But that sort of thing will never happens again, as I’ve learned my lesson.
Now, not knowing exactly what’s in my future I do know one thing - I have a vocation to become a Priest or possibly a monk. Will I be able to enter seminary and become a Priest with such a legal record? Who should I talk to in person about this? I assume a Priest at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception where I go. I’d like honest opinions about this. I’m putting my name out there because I want this to be clear to everyone. I have such a calling and wish to follow it. I suppose the best I can do if serving time in prison is to study my Bible and pray.
Best wishes and God Bless,