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
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- 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?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- As a priest if I decide that I no longer want to do something, such as work in a specific parish, do I have any say or is it all out of my hands?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What’s the difference between a diocesan priest and a priest in a religious order?
- 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?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?