Discernment process and entry requirements
The discernment of whether or not a person is called to the priestly vocation takes about one and a half years, said Father William. During this time, spiritual directors aid the aspirant in examining their real motives for wanting to join the priesthood.
Those with a calling undergo a purification of their real motives, and are encouraged to work in parish ministry to better understand parish life. The discernment process also includes a psychological test, and an eight-day silent retreat which helps aspirants to be more certain of their calling.