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BECOMING A PRIEST IN THE DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO
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Procedures

There are specific procedures followed in the Vocations Office in accepting new seminarians to Serra House. Those who are discerning needs to be a healthy, spiritual, and balanced man who is capable of living a life in accordance to the demands of seminary formation.  Therefore, these are the following requirements a man needs to fulfill in order to enter the seminary.

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A man wishing to enter our seminary must:

  • Be a practicing Catholic and involved in ministry of some kind;

  • Have a healthy relationship with God, get along with people and show a concern for their welfare;

  • Have a good recommendation from his Pastor;

  • Have the ability and desire to live a celibate life;

  • Fill out the necessary application and paperwork including recommendations;

  • Meet on a regular basis with Vocation Office personnel;

  • Attend monthly ‘Discernment meetings’;

  • Be willing to be involved in social concerns;

  • Have leadership qualities that can be developed—according to his age level;

  • Be able to handle the studies required—General Education, Philosophy and Theology;

  • Be in good general health;

  • Be in good psychological health;

  • Take the necessary psychological tests with a good recommendation from psychologist;

  • Meet the Criteria to be hired through Live Scan process;

  • Take the necessary classes needed for the office for protection of youth.

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BECOMING A RELIGIOUS WOMAN OR RELIGIOUS MAN

The procedures for becoming a religious man or woman are different depending on the religious order you are interested in. We can assist you by connecting you with the appropriate religious order, while helping you discern the call to religious life. 

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