I am trying to discern whether God is calling me to the diocesan priesthood. Prayer and discussion with clerical friends have lead to much clarity. I am not interested in the Religious life or matrimony. It is the secular priesthood I desire… but there seems to be a problem.
A priest must learn to give himself and be a total sacrifice for all the beloved in Christ. This can be done by anyone, with the help of God. I do experience is a strong social anxiety, however. I work with a Catholic therapist who is very good, and my outward social skills are normal; however, the pressure and headaches I experience from maintaining social interaction can be bad. I worry about burnouts.
What sorts of ministries are there for diocesan priests who are not pastors? We all know Hospital, University, Military, and Police Chaplains… but are there other areas? Is this a moot question, given that it’s the bishop’s choice, or does a priest’s assignment have some leeway depending on his personality and character?
Thank you for helping…