Taking the step

The priest is anointed for the poor, for prisoners, for the oppressed, for those who are sorrowing and alone. He prays over the realities of their everyday lives, troubles, joys, burdens and hopes. 

Just like marriage, priesthood is a life-long commitment before God. But taking the first steps towards priesthood doesn’t commit you forever. Initially, you meet with the vocation director who will accompany you for several months as you decide if you want to take the next step of moving into the seminary.

Joining the seminary isn’t binding either – it’s a time of discernment too, with self-reflection each year to see if you are deepening your sense of calling from God to priesthood, or to something else. It’s like a very long engagement! It’s not until your final year that you are asked to commit to ordination and to life as a priest.

If you’re interested in find out more there are a few things you can do:

  • Talk to a parent or a friend you can trust.
  • Talk to a priest, youth minister or teacher.
  • Contact the vocations director, Fr Paul Durkin on 02 9484 1427 or paul.durkin@dbb.catholic.edu.au

    Fr Paul would love to meet with you and talk about what God has been doing in your life. He will explore with you: your sense of God's call, your life story, your life of prayer and relationshop with God, your involvement in the life of the Church and ways of discerning the path ahead. You can come and meet our students and other seminarians at the Good Shepherd Seminary who are in formation.

    And definitely, keep on praying. It is God who knows your heart better than anyone, better than even you do yourself, and it is only through prayer that you can truly discover the wonderful plans God has for your life.

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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