The qualities and characteristics of a perspective candidate for the priesthood:

  • A personal relationship with God integrated through prayer and seen as an important and vital part of his life
  • Has the ability and willingness to talk about his faith
  • Has some involvement in his local parish
  • Has a desire to serve others and make a difference in people’s lives
  • Motivated by the mission of Jesus and ability to articulate it
  • One who is approachable
  • Has the ability to collaborate with others
  • Takes initiative and assumes responsibility for his actions
  • Recognizes the importance of the Church and the role of the Church as teacher.
  • Has shown the capacity and evidence of living a chaste celibate life
  • Has healthy relationships with men, women and children
  • Has average intelligence, common sense
  • Recognizes the need to both give and accept support from others
  • Possesses a keen sense of empathy
  • Has leadership skills
  • The celebration of the Sacraments are important to him
  • Has the ability to nurture another person’s growth
  • He is open and respectful of all people
  • A person of integrity
  • An awareness of God’s  presence
  • Others have mentioned that he would make a good priest

This list does not exhaust all of the qualities needed to be an effective & holy priest.

How to Make a Decisions

Often when we are making decisions we want to know what God wants us to do. Sometimes we can get confused and worried. Apart from ‘listening to God’, knowing the ‘characteristics of God’ and praying, there is a simple method St Ignatius offers for trying to “work it out”:

Five Attitudes Working It Out
Trust God is at work in your hopes and desires Be clear about what you are deciding about
Believe God works through your daily events and people Seek advice and information
Try to be free and not lean toward a particular choice List and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each option
Give time and energy to “working it out” Try to notice which option seems to bring either peacefulness or uneasiness
Have a basic commitment to follow God’s will as it becomes clear Make a decision and have God confirm it in prayer