If it isn't a higher calling, why the heck join the priesthood? Just remain a baptized person and go to Mass once or twice a year:
Archdiocese announces mergers for North Shore, Lake County parishes
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced this week that several North Shore area parishes - along with two in Lake County - will be part of mergers aimed in part at addressing a shortage of priests to serve individual parishes. The decisions will merge four of five North Shore parishes, and two of four Lake County parishes. In Wilmette, St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph Church will merge in July 2019 as part of the archdiocese's "Renew My Church" consolidation and renewal initiative, according to a Monday statement from the archdiocese. In the Winnetka area, Sacred Heart Parish and St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield will merge on July 1 of this year, it said. A fifth area parish, Saints ...