Applying for Seminary

When a man reaches a certain point in his discernment, if he wants to discover if priesthood is his true vocation, he has to go to seminary.  It should be stressed that entering seminary is a stage of discernment, not a decision to definitely become  priest.

Overview of applying to seminary:

Fr. Rodney Nootebos is happy to help you through the process of applying to seminary.

Fr. Rodney Nootebos is happy to help you through the process of applying to seminary.

1. Contact the Vocation Director. Discernment always happens with the help of the Church.  The diocese needs to get to know you better before offering you a seminary application.

2. The application process. Applying to become a seminarian is a bit like applying to college, but with additional screening components such as background checks and medical and psychological screening.

3.  Archbishop’s decision. After a personal interview and a careful review of your file, the archbishop makes the final decision on whether an applicant is accepted.

Many men find the application process to be a healthy exercise in self-knowledge and a helpful part of overall discernment. To take the first steps, contact the Vocation Office.