Is there a vocations test I can take to see if I have a vocation to the priesthood?
No. God’s call is too much of a personal thing for it to be known through a one-size-fits-all test. There are, however, some basic questions that you can consider if you think you might have a vocation to priesthood or religious life:
- Do I have some connection with God, some relationship, some faith in God’s loving presence, no matter how weak or small or vague that is right now?
- Do I feel drawn by some desire to help people, to be of service to others?
- Do I know some priests or Bishops or other ordained Church members whose lives inspire or attract me?
- Am I attracted to a particular expression of Christian life, such as the life of a diocesan priest or of a Franciscan, or Dominican or Benedictine or Jesuit….?
What is key in discerning a vocation is to listen to your heart’s desire. What attracts you? What draws you? What inspires you? What fills you with inner joy and peace? God usually touches us at this deeper level as a way of letting us know the path God hopes we would follow.
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?
- 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 organisations?
- 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?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- 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?