Ever since I was a kid I have felt a strong calling to priesthood. I remember the first time I felt a calling to the priesthood was when I was about 4 or 5. I always would visit my grandma on the weekends and she would take me to her catholic church, even though I was not catholic. I always wanted to be catholic, but parents were protestant so I was protestant. I was a catholic wannabe as a kid you could say. I always felt I was catholic even though I was protestant. As an adult I always wanted to convert, but figured I would convert when the time felt right and I was ready to give up everything for the church. The time feels like it is approaching. I am getting euphoric feelings, dreams, over-whelming feelings to give up everything for the church. Some people go to church and just recite songs but never feel anything spiritual happen to them during the service, I always have felt a strong spiritual presence at church. My body actually feels different inside a church, I sometimes uncontrollable cry when I pray or sing at church. This always happens without my control at church and I always get an overwhelming feeling of joy that it makes me cry. The best way to describe it is some spiritual presence is completely taking over.
Sorry a little over emotional tonight. Anyway I was wondering about the acceptance rate and how difficult it is to become a priest? Although I have a masters degree in teaching and have plenty of education I sometimes wonder if I could make it as a priest. The priests I have met seem very bright and I would consider above average intellectually. In mass they have incredible communication skills and are able to articulate their words flawlessly, something many people would have trouble with. I also worry about the difficulty of learning Latin and if I would be able to learn. I have taken introduction Latin courses via audio cassettes, but I have only learned the basics of the language.
I have been employed in various occupations. Right now I am a licensed teacher and have my masters degree in teaching. I am not married and don't plan on becoming married. It would be a big move for a guy in his 30's, but I feel such a strong calling. I realize I would first officially convert to the Catholic faith and be a practicing catholic a few years before I could even consider the priesthood.
I also had concerns about the acceptance rates and how many are unable to make it as a catholic priest.