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
- Can a gay man become 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?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- What does discernment mean when we’re talking about vocation?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- I have a girlfriend but I feel called to religious life. If I go into training for the priesthood can I still keep my girlfriend in case it becomes clear that I don’t actually have a vocation?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than 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?