FAQ: DIOCESAN CRITERIA FOR SEMINARY APPLICATION
Please find below some frequently asked questions regarding priestly vocations in the Diocese of Colorado Springs:
- Do I need a spiritual director before I apply to the seminary?
Yes, adequate spiritual direction from a priest is an essential part of the discernment process. One’s parish priest is a great place to start. If one needs assistance finding a spiritual director, please contact our office.
- What if I did not grow up in the Diocese of Colorado Springs?
Our ideal candidate for the seminary has significant ties to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, including some of the following: growing up here, studying here, has family here, or has lived here. We are typically not interested in applicants who have no ties to our Diocese.
- What if I am a late vocation?
While we welcome second career vocations, the Diocese of Colorado Springs typically does not accept applicants over the age of 45.
- What if I am interested in being a priest but not parish work?
We are interested in candidates who want to serve as diocesan priests open to serving in metropolitan as well as rural or mountain areas, since our Diocese is diverse in geography. The work of a diocesan priest is typically that of a parish priest. Interested parties must also be open to the responsibility of becoming a pastor.
- Do I need to attend diocesan events or meet the vocation team before applying?
Yes, an ideal candidate is known not only to his parish priest but to the vocation team. Men who are seriously discerning the priesthood should contact the Vocation Office as soon as possible. Participating in diocesan vocation events throughout the year is a great way to discern.
- Should Bishop Sheridan be my first point of contact?
Bishop Sheridan takes the work of vocations very seriously and is closely involved in the discernment process. Due to the demands of his schedule, however, he should not be the first point of contact. Please contact the Vocation Office for more information.