Discernment

Are you called to the priesthood?

Questions While Discerning

Who can be a priest?

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita is looking for celibate, unmarried young men between the ages of 18-35 who are active members of their parishes. Young men who think that they may be called and are willing to give their life in service are encouraged to contact us below.

How long does it take to become a priest?

It can take between six to eight years. All seminarians study four years of theology. Before beginning theological studies, the seminarian must have a bachelors degree and have completed required philosophical studies.

Do you need a college degree before entering seminary?

No, but if you already have a bachelors degree, then you will have to enter a pre-theology program in order to finish the philosophy requirements. If you do not have a bachelors degree, then you can complete one in a college seminary program.

Which seminaries does the diocese use?

Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland
Kenrick/Glennon in St. Louis, Missouri
Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois

St. Joseph House of Formation in Wichita, Kansas

What can I do to prepare to enter seminary?

Begin by frequenting the sacraments. Attend Mass as often as possible. Try to develop your prayer life so you can hear where God is calling you. Make use of the sacrament of Reconciliation often. Spend time with our Lord each week in Eucharistic Adoration. Read scripture and reflect upon it. Read spiritual books to guide you. Meet with a priest for spiritual direction to help you in the process of knowing your vocation and God"s will for you. Let us know you are considering seminary and we can pray for you as well as let you know about discernment opportunities.

"I think it is important for those discerning a call to the priesthood to realize that no two vocations are exactly the same. One shouldn’t be discouraged by the occasional hardships involved in discernment. Prayer has been an extremely valuable tool in helping me through these, and has helped me recognize that these small difficulties have strengthened my desire to enter seminary."
—  Chris Rumback, Seminarian