I need some help on this one. I’ll start with a little background on myself. I was raised Protestant and was always very religious and active in my church/youth group all through high school. I even volunteered to work with middle school kids in my youth group 3+ days per week and on retreats while in high school, and even worked with a different church as a youth intern over a summer. I’ve always loved ministry. I feel most alive when I’m working for the Lord, whether it’s teaching a Bible lesson or trying to get 10 middle school kids to go to sleep on a summer retreat. A little over a year ago, the Lord put me on a journey for truth, and I will be confirmed Catholic next week (I’m SO excited!!! :D).
Now I feel like the Lord may be calling me into full time ministry, namely the priesthood. I felt the call in high school (when I was a protestant), but was encouraged to pursue my secular goals (engineering, like my dad) and do ministry on the side/ in my free time. However, now that I’m in college, I think I feel the call getting stronger. I’m almost done with my engineering degree, but as time goes on I just don’t see myself doing this for the rest of my life. I’d rather spend however many years God gives me on this earth helping people directly, and bringing them to Him. I don’t even mind the celibacy part. I know it seems odd, but that’s the truth. I haven’t dated thus far in college and I really don’t feel the need to.
Anyway, this brings me to my problem: I’m almost done with an engineering degree, and I don’t have the scholarship funds left to change my major. From what I’ve read, seminaries want someone with something like 2 years of philosophy, but that is not going to happen. Did I miss my opportunity?
*Sorry I ranted a bit. I haven’t worked up the courage to talk to anyone else about this yet. Thanks for your assistance!