Explore your call

Explore your call

Where are you going?

Have you stopped to think about what that means?

Or else are you just going through the motions?

You have a Call from God and explore your Call today


How will you respond?

Everything you do (or don’t) has an impact on your community, the Church and the World. The mission has already been laid out before us: to spread the Good News; and we have each been uniquely gifted to respond to this mission. There is no denying that there is a need in our world for hope, for love and for transformation. There’s no ignoring the fact that there is a growing need in our Church for young people to respond courageously. And perhaps there’s no escaping that still, small voice in your own heart that urges you to more. The calling is there – will you hear it and will you respond?

Be a Benedictine Monk-Priest

Be the Change that world needs today…

If not you who would labour for the Lord in His vineyard?

If not you who would preach the Good News?

If not you who would praise His Divine Majesty?

If not you who else?

How Do I Know God is Calling Me?

God has placed in your heart a desire to be a monk and a priest.

Surveys of recently ordained priests have found an interesting trend: most priests say they first started thinking about the priesthood at eleven years old or in eleventh grade.  It has become known as the 11-11 rule. If Jesus has placed a desire in your heart for monastic life and the priesthood, no matter what your age, don’t ignore it.  Talk to a monk/priest you admire about how you feel.

 You have a deep love for Christ and His Church.

A priest functions in persona Christi capitas—in the person of Christ, head of the Church.  Thus a man who wants to be a priest must love Jesus Christ above all else.  And like Jesus, he should have a deep love for the Church, the Bride of Christ.  In general, a man who wants to be a priest will find himself drawn to Church teachings and “all things Catholic.”

Other people have mentioned that you would be a good monk-priest.

Often other people will notice a “priest’s heart” in a young man and say to him, “Have you ever thought about being a priest?  I think you’d make a good one.”  In fact, many men report that they grew tired of people making such comments—but that the encouragement eventually led them to seminary!

You desire to live a life of virtue and prayer.

Pope Benedict recently spoke about what people expect of their priests.  To paraphrase, he said that people do not expect priests to be experts in anything but the spiritual life. Thus, a good candidate for priesthood attends Mass, prays frequently, receives the sacrament of Confession, serves others, and strives to grow spiritually.

You want to help others grow closer to Christ.

A priest brings Jesus to people and people to Jesus.  For this reason, a man who wants to be a priest must have a deep concern for the people of God.  He wants to help them grow in holiness; he wants to teach them the truths of the faith; he wants to minster to them during the trials of life.  The vocation of monastic life and priesthood is about leading others to heaven.

If you’ve thought about the possibility of priesthood, but don’t yet have all these signs and qualities, don’t despair!  All people must strive for holiness.  And future priests go through a long and intensive formation period, precisely to help them grow in virtue and be effective in their ministry.

If you’re interested in monastic life, talk to us about the signs above.  We can help you further discern your vocation.  And remember—true happiness and peace depend on following God’s perfect will for your life.  If God wants you to be a monk and a priest, trust in his grace to lead you.