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14 Sep 2016 News Vatican No comments

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As a recent convert, how long must I wait before I pursue a calling to the priesthood?

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I am a 30-year-old man who converted to Catholicism a year ago. I’m interested in the priesthood but wonder how long one must wait before taking such a step.

Answer

How long a convert is required to wait depends on the individual. An Orthodox priest who entered the Church is already ordained and may have to wait a lesser time to be granted faculties to celebrate the Catholic sacraments. An Anglican or Lutheran clergyman may have to wait longer for a dispensation from celibacy, if married, and for ordination. A layman without a clerical background goes through much the same process as any other Catholic layman, although recent converts may be asked to live the Catholic life for several years first to make sure their conversions are not fleeting.

I recommend speaking with the vocations director of your diocese, or, if you are interested in becoming a religious order priest, of the order in which you are interested. The vocations director will let you know what requirements you are expected to meet.










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  1. Elian Bernales Reply

    I was wondering, what if a former gay man who has had sex ( let’s say oral beacuse it’s not such a big thing ) can he be ordained a priest?

  2. Peter Spasic Reply

    Dear recent convert
    You sound very sincere…
    I hope you won’t mind two questions I have…
    Were you religiously affiliated before your conversion?
    What lead to your decision to become a Catholic?

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