Priesthood Discernment Self-Test

Examining oneself using these twenty qualities or signs is a good way to begin one’s discernment of priesthood, but it should not be done in a vacuum. There are many other ways to discern. Your vocation director needs to be a part of this process.

The following assessment will include 20 questions. With each question, rate yourself on a scale of 0–5. A rating of 0 means you do not possess the sign at all. A 5 indicates that the sign is very evident in your life. The highest possible score is 100. Be completely honest with yourself and rate yourself fairly.

1. I love Jesus Christ and I have a thirst to bring Jesus and his teachings to the world.
2. I am endeavoring to be a believing, practicing Catholic Christian.
3. I am trying to live a life of prayer and I desire a life of prayer.
4. I am trying to serve others and I desire a life of service to others.
5. I feel a desire to be a priest, though it is sometimes stronger than at other times.
6. I have had others tell me that I should be a priest or that I would make a good priest.
7. Prayerful reading of Sacred Scripture leads me to believe I might be called to be a priest.
8. I am endeavoring to live virtuously.
9. I like to be around people and I have sufficient social skills to engage others.
10. I have enough intelligence to complete graduate-level coursework and function as a priest
11. I think that I have the physical, emotional and psychological stability to become a priest.
12. I am joyful and I have a good sense of humor.
13. I think that I have a “priest’s heart,” as described in this chapter.
14. I believe that I have the self-mastery to be a good priest.
15. Generally speaking, I have demonstrated stability in life style.
16. People who know me would say I am a Christian gentleman.
17. I have had events happen in my life that seem to be signs pointing towards diocesan priesthood.
18. I am usually able to accept both success and failure without losing my peace.
19. I believe that I have a healthy psycho-sexual development and orientation.
20. I am trying to be truly open to the will of God for my life.
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