Steps to Become a Priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee


General Qualifications and Criteria for Acceptance:

Baptized, confirmed and practicing Roman Catholic men with a desire to serve God and His people as a priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee must possess the following general qualifications:

1. Faith in Christ and love for Him and His Church

2. Good moral character

3. A high school diploma with favorable academic abilities

4. Emotional balance and maturity

5. Good physical health

6. Psychological readiness and capacity to pursue a sustaining, life-long commitment

7. A deepening habit of prayer and a balanced devotional life

8. Maturity to recognize and the willingness to respond to the needs of others

9. Readiness to serve in the manner to which he is called by God, through his Bishop

10. A developing spirit of detachment that helps him be in the world, but not of the world

11. Freedom to enter this state in life

12. Be between the ages of 17-55 (previously obtained undergraduate college degree required for the upper age limit).

13. Have some familiarity with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the people with whom his candidate feels called to serve as a future priest, i.e. by living (past or present), working or studying within the diocese. On a case by case basis, consideration will be given to those who do not meet this criterion only after they have seriously considered the possibility of serving in their home diocese with the consultation of their home Bishop and/or Vocation Director.

14. If the candidate has previously been dismissed from another priestly formation program or from an institute of consecrated life or society of apostolic life, he must wait at least two years prior to being considered for the priestly formation program in the Archidocese of Milwaukeee. 

15. If the candidate is a recent convert to the faith or has recently returned to the regular practice of the faith, he must wait at least two years prior to acceptance into the priestly formation program in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 






The Vocation Office hosts a variety of events from retreats to discernment groups. 

JPII House

The JPII House is a residence for adult men to encounter Jesus Christ through a formative living experience. 



Parishes and men discerning the priesthood can find free resources here.


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