[quote=KBarn]I am a 23 year old graduate student in electrical engineering, and I just told my family that I applied to my local seminary for the priestly formation program. Let me tell you how it went. Maybe it will help you.
My dad, who is a professor of engineering, always had dreams for me to be a great engineer, earn a doctorate, and become a professor as well. When I told him, he responded that he was not too shocked and that even while I was studying engineering, he thought I was wasting some other talent that I had. He seemed to understand, and although he is an agnostic, he told me that I had to go “where I hear the music.”
In a twist, my mom, who is a faithful Catholic, tried to get me to reconsider. She wanted me to stick with my studies and eventually get a job in industry.
This is exactly the opposite of what I expected. It just shows you that there is no template that will tell you how your parents will respond. You just have to be honest and tell you father. It will make you feel better, and his response may be surprising. I will pray for you.
I just stumbled onto one of your posts, and, noting that you are in Madison, checked the bio. I then read a few more posts, and discovered that you are the most atypical UW student, grad or otherwise, I have ever come across! You are not only quietly firm in your convictions, but express yourself so well, and obviously are not threatened by the rampant political correctness that permeates most universities, especially Madison.
I graduated from UW many years ago and now have a granddaughter in her second year. I was unhappy with this choice, but had little input in the decision; her parents wanted a close school (We are in the Twin Cities.). Her brother just graduated from Carleton, and Emily Anne knew that she didn’t want a small school. Thus, Madison.
I am curious to know where you did your undergrad work and if you consider yourself unique in the values you have indicated. Is it possible that there is another side to the UW population than the stereotypical one? To this point, Emily’s world is one of much work (She has received excellent grades.), some social activity through her sorority, and she will spend next spring semester in Italy. So, it seems to be “working out” at the moment. Do you have any suggestions?
Sorry for such rambling thoughts, but I did want to contact you. (And, by the way, a recent ordinand for the St. Paul/Mpls. Archdiocese was an electrical engineer!)