A Personal Invitation
called the Apostles to follow him, He did not pin
a notice on a tree and ask for volunteers. Instead,
he met each person, looked them in the eye and asked
them personally to join him in his work.
that God is calling men to join us as priests in our
Diocese. If you are interested, then our advice is
“Be not afraid”.
for becoming a diocesan priest is taken slowly and
carefully. The first step is usually a chat with the
Vocations Director, or any other priest. This is an
opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about
the priesthood. If you remain interested, then the
following process begins.
This is a series of regular meetings with
a priest over several months. During each meeting,
the priest will guide you through a process of discernment.
This enables you to figure out what your vocation
Year: This is spent with a group of others,
sharing in prayer and community life and studying
the basics of the Catholic faith. It also includes
regular spiritual direction, which a more in-depth
form of your personal discernment process.
Studies: This will be done at St. Patrick’s
College, Maynooth (or possibly part of it at the Irish
College in Rome). It begins with two years study of
Philosophy of a 3-year degree course, followed by
four years of Theology, one of those being spent in
a Parish, working with the priests there. In the third
year, one becomes a deacon, committing oneself to
a life of celibate service in the Diocese, and at
the end of the fourth year, one is ordained a priest.
The individual over these years has time to further
discern if their calling is to the diocesan priesthood.
The seminary and diocese also have the role of evaluating
the individual’s progress through each year
of the formation programme and their calling to the
You are invited
to phone or write to the Vocations Director. He will
send you information and answer any questions you
many have and can meet you for a chat.
– Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois
Fr. Simon Cadam PP,
Tel: 043 6686550