Don’t make your vocation contingent on studying in Rome, though. If Jesus wants you to be His priest, and your bishop decides to send you to the worst seminary in the U.K., buckle down and do what he says. It’s about obedience, obedience to God and to your bishop. Note that Jesus didn’t study with the best rabbis, living it up in Jerusalem (the Jewish equivalent of Rome). He lived in a poverty, worked with His hands until He reached maturity and wisdom, obedient to the Father until the end. If your bishop decrees this for you, follow him; ultimately, following his guidance will make you a better, holier, and more selfless priest. It will also help you become a saint, which is what this is all about, after all.
I have spoken to my spiritual director about this (our Bishop will be retired soon apparently, so we have not to consult with him) - he says it would be fitting for me, in particular, to go to Rome (I didn’t actually ask why, come to think of it, could it be because I can strike up conversation in Italian? I don’t know) I am also considering joining the FSSP - again, further discernment is needed, and I know that Oscott Seminary in England is always available, but it is both the preference and the norm for Scots to study in Rome nowadays.
I would like to go to Seminary myself to deepen my discernment and widen my spectrum a little. Now, in practical terms, I have been told to look at seminaries like I would look at Universities. I would prefer not to go to a “fluffy” seminary, but if that is a challenge I will have to face, I live in hope that authentic faith, orthodoxy and truth prevail in whatever I do, whether it be a Priest or a Musician.
*In magnam fidem,
Deus Salus Nostra *:gopray2: