Many congregations are like-minded or have similar ministries,
but each is distinct in one respect or
another. Many groups of religious
men and women were founded at a
time when travel and communication were limited. some congregations were founded for similar
purposes and at the same time but in
different places by people who didn’t
know each other.
new communities continue to
be formed today in response to God
calling men and women to particular
forms of spirituality, community, and
7. How long does it take
to become a diocesan priest?
Generally it takes four years of college, followed by five to six more
years of seminary study. A seminary
is a college or university run by the
Catholic Church for educating and
preparing men to be priests.
8. How do you join a
The process of joining a religious
community actually takes some time
and involves several stages. While
these vary from community to community in name, length of time, and
format, the basic stages include:
Contact: A person of high-school
age or older who is interested in
religious life but is still searching to
answer the question “What does God
want of me?” can join a program of
contact with a religious community.
The formation program is usually
very flexible. The person may meet