What are the minimum requirements to become a Catholic priest?
- To believe in God,
- To have a relationship with Christ,
- To have a sense of being called to serve God’s people,
- To love the Church (‘warts and all’).
- To be baptised and confirmed in the Catholic Church.
- To have some consistent and regular practice of faith, including the sacramental life,
- To have sufficient capacity for the long years of study,
- To be open to personal growth in order to possess ‘sufficient maturity’ (Can. 1031§1) to sustain the unique demands and challenges of priestly life.
- To be at least 25 years old (for ordination itself)
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- 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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
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- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- 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?
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