[quote="NewsTheMan, post:2, topic:257555"]
It's hard to say, and I am not a priest nor a spiritual director. However, I would suggest you finish your studies. For various reasons it is the best thing to do. Here are some:
1) God obviously willed you to do a degree. So finish it. Be patient! A vocation is not something that should be rushed.
2) This of course is something God might be willing too, as a means of testing your vocation. Be patient. Finish degree.
3) You might need the degree if you are not really called to the priesthood.
4) A degree would be very helpful as a Priest
I've been waiting 18 months to pursue my vocation. I am finishing my post-graduate studies in November, and in January I will be going to the monastery to pursue my vocation. Thanks be to God. The time waiting has been fruitful. I now understand more fully my own vocation. It can be a time, and for me it has been, to test what you really want. Do you just want to be a faithful Catholic, and are you confusing this with a call? Or is there something deeper? Know what I mean?
God Bless and God speed. Keep praying and stay faithful. The Lord will guide you.
This seems like good advice to me as well. I began discerning a Vocation to the Religious Life and p0ossibly also my Senior year when I was 16 (now 22). I really felt very strongly called to enter an Order when I left School at 18 but was told to go to University or work first. This bugged me for a while, especially because someone I knew was allowed to enter a Trappist Community at 19. However I went to University, studied for a Theology degree (I'd wanted to study Theology since before thinking I might be called to the Religious Life/Priesthood) and, despite seriously contemplating packing it in several times-I went to see about getting withdrawal forms a few times) I'm now very glad I stuck it out. As NewstheMan says, the time waiting can, and for me also, has proved immensely fruitful. The temptation to leavre grew stronger as my studies progressed and I asked the Order to reconsider making me wait several times. In the end, I just had to trust & pray. Looking back I can definitely see God's hand working during the 3 years of my degree in ways I could not at the time. I'd recommend finishing your degree & spending as much time praying the Rosary & visiting the Blessed Sacrament as you can in the meantime :gopray2:. These 2 thingshave been a great help & support to me, as has the life of St Felix of Nicosia: vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_20051023_da-nicosia_en.html
Peace & all Good :blessyou: