Discernment Self-Test

A tool for evaluating yourself

Examining yourself using the 20 qualities or signs below is a good way to begin discernment of priesthood. On each of the items, rate yourself on a scale of 0 – 5. A rating of 0 means you do not possess the sign at all. A 5 indicates that the sign is very evident in your life. The highest possible score is 100. Be completely honest with yourself and rate yourself fairly.

  1. ____ I love Jesus Christ and I have a thirst to bring Jesus and his teachings to the world.
  2. ____ I am endeavoring to be a believing, practicing Catholic Christian.
  3. ____ I am trying to live a life of prayer and I desire a life of prayer.
  4. ____ I am trying to serve others and I desire a life of service to others.
  5. ____ I feel a desire to be a priest, though it is sometimes stronger than at other times.
  6. ____ I have had others tell me that I should be a priest or that I would make a good priest.
  7. ____ Prayerful reading of Sacred Scripture leads me to believe I might be called to be a priest.
  8. ____ I am endeavoring to live virtuously.
  9. ____ I like to be around people and I have sufficient social skills to engage others.
  10. ____ I have enough intelligence to complete graduate-level coursework and function as a priest
  11. ____ I think that I have the physical, emotional and psychological stability to become a priest
  12. ____ I am joyful and I have a good sense of humor
  13. ____ I think that I have a “priest’s heart,” as described in this chapter
  14. ____ I believe that I have the self-mastery to be a good priest
  15. ____ Generally speaking, I have demonstrated stability in life style.
  16. ____ People who know me would say I am a Christian gentleman.
  17. ____ I have had events happen in my life that seem to be signs pointing towards priesthood
  18. ____ I am usually able to accept both success and failure without losing my peace
  19. ____ I believe that I have a healthy psycho-sexual development and orientation
  20. ____ I am trying to be truly open to the will of God for my life.
    ____ Total

Tally your score and e-mail it to the vocation director to ask for his feedback.  In the meantime, try to develop the qualities that need strengthening. This will make you a much better Catholic man, even if you are not called to become a priest.