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.
Applying to seminary has three main phases:
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
If the Vocations Director invites you to apply to become a seminarian, you will be given a checklist and instructions. The application has numerous screening components. Some items you will need:
- Academic transcripts
- Reference letters
- An autobiographical essay
- Psychological screening
- Medical screening
- Sacramental records
- Background checks
- In-depth interviews with the Vocation Director
3. APPROVAL BY THE ARCHBISHOP:
Archbishop Sample is ultimately the decision maker when it comes to seminary applicants. Many men find the application process to be a healthy exercise in self-knowledge and a helpful part of overall discernment.
To begin the application process please fill out the Initial Contact Form and the Director of Vocations will contact you as soon as possible.