"The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God's call.
— Pope Benedict XVI
Qualities Desired in a Candidate for Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. HE or SHE: Feels good about himself/herself, has average to above average intelligence, and has good physical, mental and emotional health. Is willing to sacrifice personal or material gain for the service of the Gospel and the Church Considers a personal relationship with God as an important part of life. Forms and maintains healthy relationships with both men and women. Has an ability and willingness to talk about his/her faith life. Has the ability to lead and work with people of all ages. Has a desire to serve others and make a difference in people’s lives. Enjoys life, people, and has a sense of humor. Is recognized as being approachable. Recognizes the importance of the Church.