Qualities and Characteristics
of Prospective Priesthood Candidates
- You have a personal relationship with God, integrated through prayer, and seen as an important and vital part of your life
- You have the ability and willingness to talk about your faith.
- You have some involvement in your local parish or faith community.
- You have a desire to serve others and make a difference in people’s lives.
- You are motivated by the mission of Jesus and have the ability to articulate it.
- You are willing to sacrifice personally for the service of the Gospel and the church.
- You are approachable.
- You possess a psycho-sexual-socio maturity.
- You have the ability to collaborate with others.
- You take initiative and assume responsibility for your actions.
- You recognize the importance of the church and the role of the church as teacher.
- You possess the skills of self-mastery and discipline.
- You have shown the capacity and evidence of living a chaste celibate life.
- You have healthy relationships with men, women and children.
- You have average intelligence, common sense, good physical and emotional health.
- You recognize the need to both give and accept support from others.
- You possess a keen sense of empathy.
- You have leadership skills.
- The celebration of the sacraments is important to you.
- You have the ability to nurture another person’s growth.
- You are open to and respectful of all people.
- You are a person of integrity.
- You have an awareness of God’s omnipotent presence.
- Others have mentioned that you would make a good priest.
If you recognize these qualities in yourself, please contact the Fr. Augustine or Fr. Rocky D’Silva.
Source: Appendix to the program materials for the Priestly Life and Vocation Summit: Fishers of Men, a product of the USCCB Bishop’s Committee on Vocations and the Bishop’s Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry, October 2005