[quote="annoellyn, post:1, topic:270433"]
Right now I am 23 and going through RCIA. All throughout high school I felt called to Catholicism and religious life, but did not act upon it because my family did not and does not support religion. As an adult, I felt much more free in pursuing what I know to be true. That being said, RCIA at my parish is lead by the Priest and takes two years to complete. I'll be baptized at age 25 and then I can begin looking into religious life. Is this too old to begin the process or am I way over thinking this? I also plan to get a spiritual director after I'm baptized to gain further understanding of my vocation and will probably spend quite a bit of time checking out communities.
Just thought I'd get everyone's thoughts on the matter.
Most Religious Communities will let you in until you're thirty-five to forty on average, and some of them are nice enough to do fifty. The Franciscan Brothers Minor and Franciscan Sisters Minor don't have any age cutoff at all. You can join when you're eighty! So no, I would not say this is too late. I don't know any Community, men's or women's, that has a cutoff age of twenty-five to thirty.
However, know that most Communities will not let you in unless you've been Catholic for two to three years, and have evidence of a pious lifestyle. You'd probably need a Priest or Religious that is a friend of yours to vouch for you, otherwise it might be hard to give some evidence. I don't think video-taping yourself praying everyday would cut it. :p