How do you know if you’re being called to be a priest?


Hi everyone,

I get the feeling I already know the answer to this question but I’ll ask anyway.

How do you know if you’re being called to be a priest?

Over the past year or so I’ve been having this urge to become a priest and I don’t really understand why. I’ve been of poor faith, something I’m desperately trying to switch and around and receive forgiveness for. Not to mention, I haven’t even finished my initiation process into the church seeing as I’m not confirmed, although I have been baptised into the Catholic Church and have made my first holy communion.

So with those two reasons combined, why would God call on me to become a priest? I simply don’t understand why I keep having this urge. Given it’s been happening for a year now, I am seriously starting to think this could be my vocation.

If anyone could offer some advice on this issue, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Many thanks.


Please speak to your RCIA director, and see where they advise you to go next. You won’t be able to actually start the process until you’ve been Catholic for two or three years.

The Holy Ghost is moving you to greater chastity and obedience. Try working on that for the time being.

Mrs Cloisters OP
Lay Dominican


God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. LOOK at Peter and the 11 Jesus picked.

I do believe you must be fully in the Catholic Church for a couple of years to apply for the Seminary but PLEASE talk to a Priest about all of this.

Ever heard of Father Donald Calloway—


I highly suggest getting and reading this book:


Jeremiah was a constant complainer. Jonah refused to go to Nineve and ended up in a fish´s belly. John the Baptist ate bugs. Women, Sarah and Elisabeth, who were to old to have children gave birth to very important children. Someone had speak issues and had his brother do the talking. Then we have the apostles who didn’t understand anything of what Jesus said most of the time. St Peter who denied Jesus three times and was still trusted to “tend my sheep”. St Paul who killed Christians and was knocked to the ground when he met Christ and needed to spend some years in a desert afterwards. These are just a few of the people mentioned in Scripture.

God must have a great sense of humour in who He calls to service.:rofl:

Prepare and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to start. Pray. Find a spiritual director. Ask your parish priest or the Vocation director of your diocese for recommendations. Drivers license as you will spend a lot of time on the road. Go on a retreat. Discerning the call to the priesthood takes time and should take time. Sometimes years and decades.


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