I have just graduated from college with a Bachelors degree. I am looking forward to see what I want to do with my life, and one of the thoughts that has always been deep in my heart is th desire to become a priest. However I am unsure about where to go from where I am.
I currently have a Bachelors Degree in Computer Animation. I have heard that having a bachelors degree means that you would go to seminary for four years instead of 8, however I am not sure if my degree would qualify for that. I however have a willingness and devotion to dedicate my time to making it count, if it would help me out.
I am wanting to go to a seminary, however I don't have the money to be able to pay for it right now, and the thought of financial obligations, student loans, etc is the main problem holding me back right now. I have the desire to serve God, however I do not know how I could make it work. Both my parents and I are unemployed, and the way the economy is right now, I just don't think I will be able to find an animation job.
Even if I did, my heart would not be in it. During college, I enjoyed helping others with animation, and my prayer and devotion to God more than the animation work itself. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think of becoming a priest as a "job" I know what is involved and the devotion, time, and hard work required along the path to priesthood.
It is always something that i only slightly considered before, but after examining my heart and conscience farther, I think it is time for me to take the next step.
Since I decided that joining the priesthood needed farther consideration, I have went to talk to two priests in my area. They both gave me some good suggestions, and I got a daily prayer book from one of them that I have since been using. I also am now a catechist and I am co-teaching a School of Religion class. The first class was last night, and the more time i spend reading, preparing, or teaching for the class, the more I like the information and experience and prayer involved.
There is an event in our Diocese in late October, that will give more information, however it is far away and I am trying to get some more information now. I know now that the priesthood is a strong possible option for my future, however it is all new to me, and I have no idea on what or where to get started. I was hoping you would be able to help me.