Called to ordained ministry

If you have already started having interviews with a DDO, then there is a page for you here.

If you believe that God is calling you to be ordained, then we would like to talk to you. Begin by speaking first to your parish priest/vicar and then if they affirm you sense of call, then contact the Vocations Team. We'll ask you a few basic questions first to confirm your eligibility (see Some Key Issues in the links below) then arrange for you to have an informal chat with the Director of Ordinands and Vocations or one of the team. This is an opportunity for you to tell your story and ask any initial questions. If it seems right to proceed, we'll send you a formal Enquirer's Form to complete and begin the formal process. See the link below for more details.

The call to ordained ministry comes in a variety of ways. Often the inner call is emphasised but the "outer" call is in many ways more important. God calls the whole church to faith, service and mission, and he calls individuals through the church. When a bishop lays hands upon you for ordination, you are being set aside for a very particular role; the church will have invested a great deal of time, effort (and money!) in your discernment and training; you are being given a title and (hopefully, for those in stipendiary ministry) a lifelong job - though this is much more than a job.

So it's no surprise that the process of discernment is both lengthy and rigorous. It rarely takes less than a year and sometimes several years. 

You will find other pages to help you via these links:

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