Becoming a Priest of the Institute

The desire to enter the seminary and follow the path of the priesthood presupposes a solid Christian life: assiduously attending the sacraments, applying oneself to the duties of one's state, and being animated by a great desire to save souls, with the will to serve God and the Catholic Church totally. A candidate for the priesthood must lead a moral life consistent with the state he wishes to embrace, and he must also possess the intellectual aptitudes to learn the doctrine of the Church so that he may be able to feed the flock which will be entrusted to him.

Every young Catholic must prayerfully discern which state of life will make him able to serve God in the best way. It is not a question of waiting for an extraordinary call, but of making an informed choice, driven by faith and charity, using his intelligence and his will. It is necessary to pray often, in particular to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to be open to a spiritual director, and to make a decision with generosity. In the event that this discernment turns a young man toward priestly life, it is necessary to carefully consider the institution or the congregation that will allow him to serve Our Lord in the best possible way. 

Candidates wishing to serve Jesus Christ and the Church as priests of the Institute of the Good Shepherd can contact the Rector of the Seminary by email to request a visit to the community in Courtalain, France.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:1-4