Here's what I sent to the vocations director in my diocese...
Since going through the RCIA ca 1996, I have realized that my true calling in this life was to have been a priest… allow a slight digression, please.
Raised a Methodist I read the Bible cover to cover once for every year until I was 16…nobody spoke of vocations in my adopted family. In college in Southern California
I initially majored in Medieval Theology where I was introduced to the likes of St Anselm, Duns Scotus, St Augustine and St John of the Cross as mystics and philosophers.
I eventually graduated from UC Berkeley (1989) with my degree in Mathematics, minoring in Linguistics. By then my annual spiritual tome had become
The Mahabarata…. well, what do you expect?
Eventually, someone invited me to Mass… during what I learned later is called the epiclesis I actually felt the Presence of God…within 6 months I had joined the RCIA.
The folks in Prescott just laughed when I asked if I could become a priest 15 years ago… of course, they laughed when I had shared my
epiclesis epiphany as well.
Anyway, I am married (to the girl who invited me to Mass!) and still feel I have a vocation in the Church…as an intellectually oriented person
I am desiring to utilize the time I have left (I am 53) in service to His Church in a meaningful way. I understand there is quite a bit of study involved in
training for the diaconate, and just wonder if you would have any clues for a guy like me?