[quote="pgnat1, post:1, topic:286765"]
Hi, I am a 15 year old Catholic boy. I am a freshman in high school about to be a sophomore... I was wondering "is there a right age to start discerning the priesthood?"
I think I may have a calling, but is it too soon to jump to conclusions (get a vocational director)?
I'm slightly older than you (Junior in HS) and I would first like to commend you for wanting to explore God's path in your life. This is a giant leap for you, I'm sure.
I'll be brief with my discernment process.
I was baptized, confirmed, and received Holy First Communion when I was eight. After this, I began to really look up to priests and, though I never met one on a personal level, I always watched from afar and admired them. It wasn't until I was around 12 or so that I began to research the Faith. When I was 13, I entered into the Service of the Altar and assisted the Priests at Mass. When I entered high school, I was convinced that my vocation was to the Priesthood.
It was in the end of my freshman year that I discovered the Traditional Latin Mass. I was awe struck. I mean WOW. I made use of weekly confession, first saturday devotions, and of course, the Rosary.
Fast forward to today. I have visited the Seminary four times in last few months, I am a parishioner of one of the professors (and now Academic Dean) of the Seminary, and I am going to climb a mountain with a group of Seminarians and the Vocational Director. And upon that, I have gotten permission from the Vocational Director to assit him in creating a "youth group" (though neither of us likes that name for it) dedicated to fostering vocations.
It inspires me that young men are considering God's path for them. Surrendering their own will for the Father's, so that His will may be done.
God bless you, dear brother in Christ.