Hi, :tiphat: I have a wee dilemma at the moment, I’m an 18yr old, single Anglo-Catholic (A-C) in England (UK) and I feel called to be a priest. I have talked to my friend, who is also the vicar at the A-C Church I worship and will be doing a 4 month stint of work / chaplaincy at until September, when I will start my Theology degree. She is a vocations adviser and director and I have spoken to her for a couple of moths about my feeling of being called to the priesthood. She says there is definitely a religious calling in the path of ordination and there’s no reason I shouldn’t / can’t start straight after my degree. At the same time, and the A-C priest is aware of this, I am going through the process/ motions of being received into the Catholic Church with no obligation to be received until the actual mass itself in August. The Catholic priest that is accompanying me on this journey also knows that the A-C priest is preparing me/ advising me on the vocations front. I have felt drawn to the Catholic Church for around 7 years, I am deeply interested and believe the theology and the teachings of the Catholic Church, which I have studied in my own time for 3 yrs. The Catholic priest allows me to attend mass, and every time I attend the pull the the Catholic Faith gets stronger and stronger and I get more and more excited by the prospect of becoming a Catholic! :extrahappy: I was hoping to find some advice on my situation?
On a side note, if I am received in August and apply for Catholic priesthood after my degree, will the Theology degree have any impact on the training? ( I have no problem with celibacy and have long decided/ am not worried about not being married) Also, if I am received, how long do I need to wait to be ‘settled into the Faith’ to apply for Catholic priesthood?
Thanks to all for taking the time to read this!