This is the final note in a 4 part series where we asked seminarian Nic Wilson (from St. Jude) about hearing the call of God and his path to priesthood.
If you missed the first, second, or third post be sure to go back and read them. This one talks about the freedom of truly giving yourself to God.
Nic, what is the next step in the process? Can you share an update?
Since I graduated from college seminary in May, next year I’ll be going out to major seminary at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This summer, I’ll spend a few weeks in Rockford, IL assisting with the training of the Totus Tuus teachers for the Diocese of Peoria. After that, I’ll be at Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth, IL with Monsignor Mack and Father Otto for the rest of the summer. I’ll also be helping out with the four sessions of Emmaus Days.
What message do you have for young people that may be hearing the call to priesthood/sisterhood?
I think often of the words of St. John Paul II, and of Christ himself, “Do not be afraid.” Often when first hearing the call to priesthood or consecrated life, there can be fears of perpetual loneliness and dissatisfaction, but these are unfounded. There is nothing in life as wonderful as falling in love with God and following His will. A commitment to daily prayer, Mass, the Rosary, and a virtuous life comes before committing to a vocation, but once prayer and virtue are integral parts of one’s life, God’s will becomes apparent. As well, books such as To Save a Thousand Souls by Father Brett Brannen and Discerning Religious Life by Sister Clare Matthiass are excellent guides to discernment.