When I left school I went straight to work and didn’t go to college. I’m nearly 40 now and feel called to the priesthood. Can an older man still study for the priesthood?
Yes, older men may study for the priesthood. Usually the people responsible for vocations in different dioceses and congregations will determine the age limit, and it may vary. There are no set norms and each person is considered on their merits.
Most popular questions
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
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