The journey to God’s particular calling in life is different for each individual. While many men initiate the process of discernment in their young adulthood, for others, the road to priesthood has been a lifetime in the making. God is always calling. For those hearing a particular call to the priestly life, God desires partnership in the process. Career, family, retirement, divorce, or other life circumstances need not be disqualifications in your response.
Within the Diocese of Columbus, men who have discerned a call to priesthood later in life typically attend Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary for the process of their priestly formation. It is a specialized facility that caters to men in a variety of backgrounds.
A Day in the Life at Pope St John XXIII National Seminary:
Contact a seminarian 30+ or hear their stories
Meet the men who are in priestly formation right now, working to discern God’s call in their lives.
Do you have questions about the process of Seminary discernment?
Check out our seekholiness Discernment FAQ.