Priesthood - Tertiary Education


#1

Hey guys,
i have almost finished my second year of studies at university for a third year degree, here in Australia. My degree is a bachelor of science, major in mathematics.
The call for priesthood is very strong.
Some people that i've talked to, have told me that i should continue my studies or 'that it is best' to so.
Is this right?

Thanks


#2

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.


#3

It would be appropriate for you to finish your degree and then move on to the consideration of the priesthood, in my opinion.

I don't know why I'm giving such personal advice as this -- you should be very careful considering what anybody here has to say about this.

Yup, it's just my subjective opinion, finish your degree then move on. Maybe I like this idea because you are already so close to completing your college work. That will give you more time to discuss your vocation and prepare for it.

God bless.


#4

My mind often works this way. I say something then it comes to me why it makes sense.

I think you should finish your math degree. During this time you should consider the seminary alternatives that you may have. That's one thing. also, it may take a year for the application process itself. So, there are a couple things that make sense to me.


#5

[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.

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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:


#6

Thanks guys, awesome answers!


#7

Happy to help :thumbsup:. I'll keep you in My Prayers

Peace & All Good :blessyou:


#8

I know that in the US, you need to have a bachelor's degree in order to enter the major seminary today (at least for diocesan priesthood). You will also need to look into any pre-seminary requirements for philosophy and theology (if you attend a Catholic university, you may want to find out if any courses there fulfill those requirements).

If math is your passion, it can be of service to the church; it could serve well if your ministry involves Catholic education.


#9

[quote="Norseman82, post:8, topic:257555"]
I know that in the US, you need to have a bachelor's degree in order to enter the major seminary today (at least for diocesan priesthood). You will also need to look into any pre-seminary requirements for philosophy and theology (if you attend a Catholic university, you may want to find out if any courses there fulfill those requirements).

If math is your passion, it can be of service to the church; it could serve well if your ministry involves Catholic education.

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Not only do you need a bachelors degree to enter the major seminary but you must have 30 credit hours of philosophy and 12 credit hours of theology from a good catholic institution.


#10

[quote="ByzCath, post:9, topic:257555"]
Not only do you need a bachelors degree to enter the major seminary but you must have 30 credit hours of philosophy and 12 credit hours of theology from a good catholic institution.

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Yes, that is what I was referring to.


#11

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