Discerning and Recognizing the Call

How can I recognize the call to the priestly life?

As with any vocation, there are signs and circumstances which may suggest a call to holiness worth exploring.

  • Enjoy working with people.
  • Apply yourself diligently to studies or job (people can count on you)
  • Your relationship with God gives you strength and direction
  • Love of your Catholic Faith and partaking of the Eucharist
  • Between the ages of 21 and 40 and open to the challenges of the Catholic church in the 21st century
  • Willing to learn and grow intellectually, spiritually, and psychologically.

A discernment test

Prepared by Sr. Kathy Bryant, RSC
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

  • Do you find your weekly ministry more life-giving and energizing than your 40-hour work week?
  • Do you hide vocation literature under your bed or away in your closet?
  • Do you feel called to give more or be more? Does the idea of becoming a brother, sister, or priest keep coming back time and time again?
  • Does your relationship with God sustain you, enliven you, invigorate you in such a way that you want to share the Good News with others?
  • Do you long for "MORE"?
  • Do you have a sneaking suspicion that you are on the brink of a major life decision?
  • Are you afraid to tell friends and family that you are thinking about a Church vocation?
  • Do you feel a recurring tug in your heart to serve others more?

If you answered "yes" to three or more of the statements above, then you may have a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate or religious life!