A young woman (under 30 at the time of writing) explores in lively, highly readable diary-style her calling to the priesthood, her training at theological college and her experiences up to the day of ordination. She shares the emotional and spiritual ups and downs of the process, as well as the challenges for family and friends arising from such a major life change. Whereas other books tend to focus on relevant theological concepts, this book shows how the journey of exploration vocation actually feels.
Katy Magdalene Price was born in Manchester in 1983 and brought up in the Peak District, where she still goes regularly for a dose of wilderness. She was the first person from her local school to go to Oxford, where she studied history and met her husband Laurence. After graduation, she took a job at a small public sector organisation in Cheshire, where she spent five years working in a variety of policy, guidance and training roles. During the last two years there she developed a five-session training course in Freedom of Information law, along with a 120-page workbook. Her last task before she left was to write the new Guide to Freedom of Information for public authorities. She was baptised as a Christian in 2008. Having been brought up an atheist, she says it has been a rather rambling spiritual journey, taking in everything from a Congregationalist chapel to the Latin Mass, but she's found most strength in monastic spirituality. She was selected for ordination training in 2011, and is now spending three years at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, living and training alongside approximately 30 ordinands and 20 monastic Brothers. She has a blog at http://katymagdalene.blog.co.uk/