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
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- Why do some priests wear religious clothes while others don’t?
- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
- What’s the difference between a sister and a nun?
- Is a brother the same as a priest?