For the last few years I have been going back and forth between thinking about the Priesthood until just recently when I decided I would actively pursue Discernment and Spiritual Direction. I asked my parish priest a few years ago if he would help and he said yes but then I never took him up on it and he has noticed me returning to daily mass and becoming very involved in Church so he has asked me a few times if I am ready to sit down sometime.
I am wondering what kinds of things I can expect from a spiritual direction meeting when thinking of the priesthood?
I also was wondering if anyone that has gone through the process before, what kinds of questions can I expect from the Vocations office (and others) when it comes time for applying?
I spoke with a Vocation Director about 2-3 years ago and he encouraged me to consider applying and go on a Discernment weekend as well but classes always got in the way. I am finally considering going on one in a few weeks but am unsure how they are normally done and no one seems to tell you what happens on them.
A bit of background about me, I am a 24 yr old, only child, left the Church at 16 only to come back at 19 (dropped out of Confirmation prep a few months before confirmation and became confirmed when I returned to the Church). I was not raised in a very actively Catholic home and lost my parents early on and raised by an aunt that hates the Church with a passion. Attended Catholic high school, got a BA in Philosophy in undergrad at a secular university and nearly done with an MPA degree. I pray the rosary several times a week, have read a bunch of books as it relates to the Priesthood and discernment, as well as overall Catholic Faith. I am finally reading the Bible more closely and intently and went on a retreat a few weeks ago that really helped get me grounded in my faith and put me back on track for this. I also joined the Knights of Columbus a few months back and am in the 3rd degree going for the 4th.