Over the past couple of years I’ve become more and more convinced that I have a vocation to the priesthood. I’m 37 years old and currently completing a Ph.D. in English Lit. I work as an adjunct prof., teaching courses in classical lit as well as Latin I & II. Since I specialize in classical and Renaissance Lit, I’ve become proficient in Latin and Greek languages. The official plan has been that once I get the Ph.D. I’ll try to go tenure track, but I think the Lord is calling me, and I want to respond.
My question is a practical one: would my degrees–B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and (hopefully soon) Ph.D.–along with knowledge of Latin and Greek help me to become a priest more quickly as far as time in seminary etc.? If so, could you estimate how long it might take me?
Thank you in advance for addressing my question. Blessings in Christ.