Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
I have a lot of questions to ask but no one to answer them! Hopefully you guys will help me out!
I'm 18 years old and in the 12th Grade. I am planning to take up a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. The duration of the course is 3 years here in Bangalore, India. I want to become a priest. Since I know whether it is Diocese or Religious Priest it is the same. I will choose that later on. On back to my question - After I complete my BA in Philosophy should I join the Seminary/ Religious Congregation first before I study further? Or can I study Theology and Cannon Law from say a Pontifical University in Rome as a Lay person? And upon completion of the course obtaining the respective degrees can I join the Seminary / Religious Congregation? Please help! Let me know how to go about this so that I can be clear about my plan!
Thanking you in advance in Jesus Christ's Holy Name,
Most dioceses have a vocations office; the people there should be able to help you with this question as it might vary from diocese to diocese. Or, if you are planning to join an order, you should ask their vocations office.
Here in the US, philosophy is taught in a very secular way with a lot of emphasis on the last 300 years which is not very Catholic.*
On this page there is a book called the ISI Guide to Studying Philosophy. I haven’t read this one, but I read 3 of the other books in this series and they are great. I highly recommend these books and the whole site.
God bless you for your dedication!