I am a relatively new member of the Catholic Church but I already feel like I may be being called to the Priesthood. I haven't told anyone, with the exception of my mother, as I am afraid people will think it is too early to have these feelings. Perhaps it is but I have some questions about the livelihood of a priest. I know no one joins the Church to become rich but I was wondering what the average stipend of a Catholic Priest in England & Wales? Does it differ from diocese to diocese? Also do Curates get less?
I was wondering if Priests who work in the same parish live in the same house? My Parish only has a single priest, who is amazing by the way, so I am not sure really? Also if a Curate came to work at the Parish would he move into the Priests house?
Finally. The nearest seminary to me used to be Ushaw(?) in Durham but that closed down recently due to a lack of vocations. So if I did pursue the priesthood in a few years time would I simply be sent to the nearest seminary? Which I think is in Birmingham? And would I be sent to work in my home diocese or in the Archdiocese of Birmingham? Do you apply to a certain seminary? For example could you apply to the Vernerable College in Rome or the one in Spain?
Thank You so much for Reading and I am sorry with the number of questions. (I got carried away)