How to Become a Seminarian

What are the steps to become a seminarian?

1. The process typically begins with some conversations with the vocations director, Father Ross Parker. Some feel the pull to enter the seminary right away, while others spend more time in this part of discernment. When you make the decision that you would like to enter the seminary, the formal process begins. 

2. You will then have a series of meetings with the vocations director and will visit a seminary or two to meet people and see what it's like. 

3. You will go through several in-depth interviews and write your autobiography and an essay on what the priesthood means to you. You will be asked to get recommendation letters from priests, pastors, friends, co-workers, teachers and guidance counselors. 

4. You will complete a series of psychological tests (these tests are paid by the diocese). 

5. You will fill out application forms and supply the vocations office with high school and college transcripts, as well as baptismal and confirmation certificates, college board tests (ACT or SAT) and a medical/physical form. The diocese performs a background check and the seminary admissions committee reviews your application and sends a recommendation to Bishop Pates.

6. Upon completing the application process and having the approval of the seminary admissions committee, you'll visit with the bishop. Congratulations!