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The Application Process

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.

1. Contact the Vocation Director.

Discernment always happens with the help of the Church. The archdiocese 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. Vocation review board.

After a personal interview and a careful review of your file, the Admissions Board 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, or fill out this preliminary application. 

Next: What is Discernment?