Vocational Discernment

  • On average, responding ordinands report that they were nearly 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood. Two in three (67 percent) say they were encouraged to consider a vocation to the priesthood by a parish priest. Other frequent encouragers include friends (46 percent), parishioners (38 percent), and mothers (34 percent).
  • Almost half of responding ordinands (48 percent) indicated that they were discouraged from considering the priesthood by one or more persons. Most often, the person who discouraged them was a friend or classmate or a family member.