I felt the calling to become a priest in 2010. I temporarily moved for three months to the area where I was applying to the priesthood for interviews and testing. I have been through a tumultuous life, but did not have any major transgressions in the eyes of the church. I was ready to live as a man of the cloth and was looking forward to starting school at a seminary. I had 4 years work experience at the time and also had my bachelors degree; the vocation director was confident I would be starting in the seminary that year.
I interviewed with the bishop and about 8 other Monsignors. I got past every phase of the process. However, the Cardinal saw my application and neither accepted it or rejected it (very uncommon according to the vocation director). The Cardinal recommended I take a minimum year of discernment.
I negotiated out of the lease at my former apartment at this point and had plans to enter the seminary. I found out about a month before that I would not be entering the seminary that year. I moved back to my prior city and went through the majority of my savings just to get settled again and to pay bills without income.
I had to move back into my parents place about a year ago and felt as somewhat of a failure.
I am hesitant to start the whole interviewing process with a seminary or order anytime soon. The hardest part for me was going through the process with my friends and family (as well as getting my hopes up) to have nothing happen. I felt particularly devastated by that.
I would like to move to a place and be surrounded by those living for Christ on a daily and hourly basis. I am happy to work to pay for rent and food. I have found some sanctuaries, but they are $20-$30 per day. I am willing to move anywhere in the world provided that I can work, live, eat, and pray in a community of fellow believers.
If anyone knows of a place, ideas would be greatly appreciated.