Thank you for your desire to consider entering into formation for the priesthood! If you haven’t already, please reach out to your pastor or a priest that you trust to discuss your potential call. After that, your pastor can put you in contact with one of our vocation directors to help you continue your discernment.
Below are listed some considerations for particular situations. These should not discourage your continued discernment process. Please reach out to our vocation directors to discuss your particular situation.
May God bless you on your journey!
For older applicants, please consider this information from our admissions policy:
Applicants older than 55 years of age will generally not be considered for priestly formation. This is to allow for the necessary time of formation (usually a minimum of 5 years, depending on previous education) and to ensure that the applicant could be ordained by age 60 and serve the Diocese for a minimum of 10 years before optional retirement at age 70. Rare exceptions to this may be granted, based on how well the applicant is known to the Diocese, his particular qualifications and his record of previous lay ministry within his parish. Other exceptions to this would include permanent deacons who are widowed.
For applicants from outside the diocese, please consider this information from our admissions policy:
Applicants from outside the Diocese will not be considered until they have established a minimum of 18 months of actual residence within the Diocese. During this time, an applicant should also be registered in a parish and active in the life of his parish community. Rare exceptions to this may be granted if the applicant has a relationship to the Diocese through work, family, or education, or if someone from the Diocese (preferably a priest, deacon or parish life coordinator) can testify to his suitability for priestly formation.