HOW DOES A MAN BECOME A DIOCESAN PRIEST?
First, a man who feels called to the vocation of a diocesan priest must be accepted by the Bishop of a particular archdiocese. He will have to make a formal application, meet with the bishop and participate in a vocational assessment process as directed by the archdiocese.
FORMATION FOR PRIESTHOOD:
The process of preparation for priesthood is usually called formation because it involves more than academic study and professional education. It includes the development of the whole person. Priestly formation takes place primarily in a seminary with some parish and other pastoral assignments. The period for preparation can take between four to seven years depending on previous education and experience. There are four main elements in the process of formation, the academic, spiritual, pastoral and the personal.