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Do I Have a Vocation?
Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary
Diocese of Florida - Old Roman Catholic
1051 72nd Street North,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710
Telephone 727-341-9111

    At sometime in their lives, many good Catholic men feel the need to consider a calling to the priesthood or religious life. "Might I have a vocation," they ask themselves, and "How do I know if I have a vocation or not?" Like most important choices in our lives, the call to the priesthood is rarely so clear as to exclude all other possibilities. Those who expect "a sign from heaven" are likely to be waiting for the rest of their lives. Human beings must make decisions by carefully and prayerfully examining the matter, weighing the "pros and cons," and trusting that God will guide them in a way that is in keeping with their eternal salvation and His divine will. In any man's life there may be indications of a vocation -- things that accurately suggest that God is calling him or not. Below are a few, as food for thought. You and your confessor may find some others. (Your confessor will play an important role in this decision. A man aspiring to the priesthood will want to remain habitually in the state of grace, and it always helps to have the advice of a spiritual director who can distance himself a bit from your personal wants.)

Some Indications of a Vocation:

        A bishop then, must be blameless, married but once, reserved, prudent, of good conduct, hospitable, a teacher, not a drinker or a brawler, but moderate, not quarrelsome, not avaricious. He should rule well his own household, keeping his children under control and perfectly respectful. For if a man cannot rule his own household, how is he to take care of the Church of God? He must not be a new convert, lest he be puffed up with pride and incur the condemnation passed on the devil. Besides this he must have a good reputation with those who are outside, that he may not fall into disgrace and into a snare of the devil. Deacons also must be honorable, not double tongued, not given to much wine, nor greedy for base gain, but holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience. And let them first be tried, and if found without reproach let them be allowed to serve.... Deacons should be men who have married but once, ruling well their children and their own households. And those who have fulfilled well this office will acquire a good position and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.(1 Timothy 3: 2-13. See also Titus 1: 5-9.)

    If you feel that you might have a vocation to the priesthood, please feel free to contact the Vocation Director at the Seminary: 
        Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary
        1051 72nd Street North,
        St. Petersburg, Florida 33710 
        Telephone 727-341-9111


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