• Must be a man in good standing in the Church, and a member of a parish for at least five (5) years. And the applicant must have lived in the geographical boundaries of the Archdiocese of Mobile for at least three (3) years, prior to application.
  • Must be at least 31 years of age; and no more than 62 years of age on the date the Aspirancy year begins.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America or a Permanent Resident holding a valid "Green Card."
  • Must have a stable employment record and a fiscally sound financial history. And must successfully pass financial background check.
  • Must be without a criminal record.
  • Must have endorsement and support of Pastor.
  • Must be free of canonical impediments or irregularities.
  • Must possess a minimum of a high school diploma and be capable of college level work in theological studies and is open to spiritual and ministerial formation.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English. However, papers may be written and submitted in Spanish if that is the applicant’s first language.
  • If married, must have evidence of a stable and growing marriage relationship. And the applicant must be in a valid Sacramental marriage recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. His spouse must be willing to support her husband actively through formation and in his ministry.
  • Married men must be married at least five (5) years and living examples of the Sacrament.
  • Married men with young children must not deprive their children of adequate quality time with their father, nor place an undue burden on their wives.
  • Single men must be committed to a life of celibacy subsequent to ordination. And must show that you have lead a life of celibacy for at least seven (7) years, prior to application.
  • If widowed, must be widowed for at least three (3) years, prior to application.
  • The applicant must show leadership qualities and possess a history of active participation in pastoral ministry in his parish.
  • The applicant must show that he has the faith and compassion to strive to live the Beatitudes.
  • The applicant must be in good general health and free of any chronic condition that may interfere with, or be aggravated by his participation in the formation program and ministry, if ordained.
  • The applicant must have a positive attitude towards the Church and is flexible in adapting to the future needs of the Church.
  • The applicant must have a prayerful disposition.
  • The applicant must be able to work collaboratively with men and women of all races.
  • The applicant must be capable of committing to a minimum of one (1) weekend per month to formal classroom studies and not less than ten (10) hours per week for additional studies.
  • The applicant must be willing to make a life-long commitment to service within the Church.
  • And the applicant must be committed to being obedient and meeting the changing needs of the Archdiocese of Mobile and his parish, after ordination.