[quote="maxdouglas402, post:1, topic:299984"]
Hello! So im 19 years old and I have been thinking about a vocation in the priesthood but i don't know if Im ready or if that is even where God is calling me. Ive been back in the church for about a year, but when i was out of the church i was running around in sin a lot. I went to confession, but I feel I have to depart from this culture i have become accustomed to. So basically...
Do spiritual hermits still exist? If so, is there any intern programs? 1year? 2years?
Is there any year long retreats?
Are there any groups I can get involved with that have Catholicism at their core? (Alexian Brothers maybe?)
Is there any way to separate myself from my family (not practicing Christians) while still making an impact in the city where I live and my family?.. but indirectly
And a college degree is a requirement to joining the seminary, correct?
I have contacted my Vocation Director but im not sure what i want to ask him about. My goal is to bring people in my city to the faith. Especially younger people. I would like to set up some programs for them to get involved in, and stay involved in the Church.. Especially inner city areas
Contact your VD. They probably have programs already established, so you wouldn't have to start something on your own.
If you do start something, begin on your own and make notes for how people are to join or leave your organization, and how you are going to carry out your plans. Do first, and the statues will write themselves. You do not have to have a bishop's permission to do this.
Priests and religious are more than happy to have good help in the ministry. They are honored and humbled to see people wanting to follow them into the fields.
Anybody can be a "spiritual hermit". Many of the founders followed the Lord into solitude then founded apostolic communities. If you are attracted to the Alexians, then check in with them.
Discernment is a process, so be patient with yourself and the Lord. Prayer, the sacraments, lectio, working hard at your remunerative work…develop yourself into a humble servant of the Lord. And review "Dark Night of the Soul" while you're at it. If a spiritual director is not available, the Liturgy of the Hours is a good substitute.
Always look locally first. Understood about your family. Always be loving and a good example.