Take the Discernment Self-Test!

I love Jesus Christ and I have a thirst to bring Jesus and his teachings to the world.

I am endeavoring to be a believing, practicing Catholic Christian.

I desire a life of service and I am currently serving in some capacity.

I feel a desire to be a priest (though it is sometimes stronger than at other times).

Others have told me that I should be a priest or that I would make a good priest.

Prayerfully reading scripture leads me to believe I might be called to be a priest.

I am endeavoring to live virtuously.

I have enough intelligence to complete graduate-level coursework and function as a priest.

I think that I have the physical, emotional and psychological stability to become a priest.

I like to be around people and I have sufficient social skills to engage others.

I am joyful and I have a good sense of humor.

I think that I have a “priest’s heart,” meaning I feel compassion for others and want to help them draw closer to God.

I believe that I have the self-mastery to be a good priest.

Generally speaking, I have demonstrated stability in lifestyle.

People who know me would say I am a Christian gentleman.

Events in my life seem to be signs pointing towards the priesthood.

I am usually able to accept both success and failure without losing my peace.

I believe that I have a healthy psycho-sexual development and orientation.

I am trying to be truly open to the will of God for my life.

I desire a life of prayer and I am trying to cultivate a good prayer life.


Rating yourself using these 20 qualities or signs is a good way to begin your discernment of priesthood.

Rate yourself on a scale of 0–5. A 0 means do have the sign at all. A 5 means the sign is very evident. The highest possible score is 100.

fBe completely honest yourself and rate yourself fairly.

Note that a high score is not “proof” that you are called to the priesthood, nor does a low score automatically exclude you. There are many other ways to discern, so your vocation director needs to be a part of this process.

The test is anonymous! After completing  it, you will receive an email with your score. If you would like to discuss your test with your Vocation Director, forward him the email: vocations@austindiocese.org