Application Process

The process of applying to be a seminarian in Cork and Ross is not complex. Usually, the application will be made after the person concerned has already been in touch for some time with a priest of the diocese. The Bishop has designated a priest as Director of Vocations to assist people who are considering whether they have a vocation to priesthood. This contact is informal and may take whatever format suits both the Director of Vocations and the person making the inquiry.

It is important to note that every person who applies will need help in discovering whether or not they are called by the Lord to be a priest. The early years in seminary place emphasis on assisting a person in discovering whether or not they are called to be a priest.

Are you in secondary school? If so, please consult the Vocations Director before completing your CAO form. You will need to list the courses which you may be doing in seminary the following year.

Once a person decides to apply to be accepted as a seminarian, a number of formal steps have to be taken. These are listed below:


Application to be considered as a candidate for Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork and Ross is made to the Bishop after consultation with the Director of Vocations. A written application is made on an Application Form supplied by the Director of Vocations. This form is forwarded to the Bishop’s Office.

Please note that for legal and pastoral reasons the Diocese does not accept applications from people who are not Irish citizens at this time.


Each applicant is required to submit the names of three referees, including the name of one priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross. These referees will be contacted by the Diocesan Office.


Each candidate’s suitability is carefully assessed. The assessment process includes an interview with a panel appointed by the Bishop and a psychological assessment undertaken by a psychologist appointed by the Bishop.


The Bishop will inform the applicant as soon as possible whether or not he has been accepted as a seminarian for the diocese. The applicant will also be given information about the proposed plan for formation and seminary training will then be discussed with the candidate.