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James Minnick wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I am interested in becoming a priest and was wondering if I could do so if I have
    two children?


  { Could I become a priest if I have two children? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi, James —

Technically the answer is "yes". There are seminarians like Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Boston which specialize in delayed vocations for men who have children.

I think it depends on:

  • the diocese that you apply to, and
  • the age of your children.

I very much doubt you would be accepted if you had children still dependent upon you.

Of course, one's marital status is a factor as well. I would think that most of these priest's wives have died, but that isn't always the case.

Finally, don't forget the call to the permanent diaconate —

  • Are you sure that God is not leading you in that direction?

Fr. Jonathan
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