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GOEs begin tomorrow

GOEs begin tomorrow

Spare a prayer for senior seminarians across the country who are preparing to take their General Ordination Examination starting Tuesday morning.

Six 3.5-hour exams spread over three days, with a rest day on Thursday, will test the proficiency of candidates for ordination in the canonically required areas of knowledge.

Find out more, and check out previous years’ exams, at


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Peter E. Van Horne

In addition to the above wise and thoughtful comments, I would offer the observation that GOE’s are diagnostic in their intent; it is not “make or break.” I spent a number of years as a member and Chair of the Commission on Ministry in my former diocese, and we successfully worked with aspirants and ordinands who needed some additional work based on their results of their GOE’s. All will be well. Just answer the question that is asked.

Ann Fontaine

Prayers for 2 of our writers, Maria Evans and Leslie Scoopmire, who are taking the exams this week.

Mark Kozielec

And who will, no doubt, do remarkably well! As Phillip above notes: just answer the question. Prayers ascending…

Leslie Scoopmire

Thanks, everyone. Good advice.

Philip Snyder

I have some advice for those taking the GOEs.
1. Answer the question asked – not the question you want to answer.
2. Under each of the canonical areas, try to bring in at least one other area (e.g. bring in moral theology on the Scripture test or Church History on the Ethics and Moral theology portion)
3. Set two timers for each test. The first one tells you when to stop researching and start writing. The second tells you to stop wrap up and review.
4. Write you bibliography before the test starts. That way you can simply copy and paste into your answers.
5. When you have completed one section of the test, don’t keep rehashing it. Commit it to heaven and move on.
6. Don’t spend the nights of the test preparing for the next day’s tests. Get lots of rest.
7. Answer the question asked (this cannot be repeated enough!)

Linda S

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Good wishes, positive vibes and prayers that all will be blessed by being placed where the Lord wants them to be!!

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