I think it's God calling

A vocation diary

Katy Magdalene Price

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In a bittersweet daydream moment, you know that the life you have is not the only one you could have had, and you wonder...

Meet Katy - six years ago, she thought she had life all worked out. She was in her early 20s, had a home, a good job and a happy marriage, and thought that was it. As for God, she was absolutely certain she knew all about him and he definitely didn't exist... Fast forward to today, and you'll find her wearing a dog collar, having been ordained in the Church of England in 2014.

I Think it's God Calling is Katy's true, amusing and revealing story from doubter to deacon. The story of an outsider torn from the norms of fashion... yes, shoes do play a big part, riotous hen parties and a delightfully (or perhaps not) proportioned home in the land of footballers wives... who suddenly finds herself totally unprepared for being an insider in the process to train for ministry.

Follow her on her journey - from her first encounter with God through Compline (that's a prayer, not a dietary supplement), through several gruelling rounds of Tea and a Chat with Church of England interviewers, to a college run by monks in Yorkshire (complete with Harry Potter cloaks) and finally out into the parish, guided by the sage advice of the bishop not to get drunk or wear jeans to important meetings!

This is a personal story, a story of a woman in a man's world but, in the end, it's not really about Katy, It's about God, and the amazing things he does with the most unlikely people.

Inspiring, honest and definitely funny!

I wanted an easy life. What God has given me is life itself, life in abundance. Sometimes, it feels like too much life to handle!

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Author info

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. 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. Katy was selected for ordination training in 2011 and spent three years at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, living and training alongside approximately 30 ordinands and 20 monastic Brothers. She is now Assistant Curate in the Great Grimsby Team where she lives with her husband Laurence and cat Nelson.


CPAS - March 2016

This book is a different and fresh way of expressing a calling to ordained ministry. It is written by a young woman who experienced the call into the Priesthood even before she was a Christian and is based upon a blog that she kept throughout the process. Her account is honest, witty and touches on some of the issues that young people in particular face (e.g. older ladies in her placement church didn't look at her and think 'future priest' but instead 'she reminds me of my Grand-daughter'). Her story moves from the first moments as a self-confessing atheist when she first heard God's call in her early twenties to becoming a Christian through committing to a regular prayer life. She then tells the story of how she coped with learning the 'language of Christian' and the selection process to her years through college (she trained at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield) up until the moment when she is ordained Deacon. Whilst some will resonate more closely to her particular theological tradition than others, it is nonetheless a valuable insider's account of what it's like for a younger person to go through the selection process in the Church of England.

Emma Sykes - Leadership specialist - younger vocations CPAS

Review from Reflections...Diocese of Hereford Summer 2015

One Woman's Journey

A fascinating read of one woman's journey to ordination. Originally starting life as a blog, Katy Magdalene Price's account is interesting because her call to ordination is also tied up with her discovery of the Christian faith. She describes and analyses every stage of her journey, such as conversion, meeting with her DDO, going to BAP and training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. I would thoroughly recommend this honest and compelling book to anyone who feels called by God to the priesthood.

Laura Johnson, Diocesan Young Vocations Adviser (Lay and Ordained).

This is a great read, not just telling an amazing story of an atheist's transformation to Church of England priest, but also giving an amusing sideways look at the CofE's process for selecting candidates for ordination. The story clearly hasn't ended. I hope Katy puts pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to share the next stage of her journey with us.

Chris Dale

I found it a very interesting account of how it was that Katy finished up being a Priest in the Church of England, and Vicar of a Parish.

I liken her progress from being I think a doubter to becoming a strong believer in God, as being a little girl being taken by her Mother's hand to a new place or to a person whom she is unsure of or even a little frightened. But as the girl come closer her confidence grows and fears subside.

The detail Katy supplies as to how she made a decision on the training establishment and her experiences in a clearly very different and at time challenging environment is brilliantly portrayed.

Although Katy's training is very different from my training experiences in New Zealand and our age differences are probably 50 years, I was ordained at 65, nevertheless I found something about her journey to faith and ultimate ordination that was compelling and difficult to stop reading.

Without doubt this the story of a young women whom God was calling and that despite her doubts she followed, or was she led, and found fullness in a new life in Christ.

Rev R. John White

Ever wondered how priests get chosen? Or what it's like to feel that God might be calling you to be a vicar? 'I Think It's God Calling' is a lively read that charts the experience of Katy Magdalene Price as she explores a vocational calling into priesthood. It is a fascinating book to read if you are exploring the possibility of ordination for yourself - or if you are simply interested in hearing about how the whole process of 'choosing a priest' works. It also gives a great insight particularly into the relatively new journey for women into the Anglican priesthood and Katy shares some thoughts on the importance of ordination in both genders. It's written in an informal and light style and Katy writes with great honesty about her journey from a place of no faith right up to the beginning of her curacy in a parish church. And it's quite a journey! The book takes us from numerous cups of tea to tears of burn-out and back again - showing us a great overview of the enormous diversity of a priest's work and how that can be both life-affirming and utterly exhausting. As Katy shares her doubts, fears and frustrations along the way as well as the funny and peculiar angles of the process I recognised a few nods towards AA Milne and Bill Bryson if you are a fan (and I am!) of those authors.

The book is an entertaining and profound read on lots of levels: if you enjoy reading about other people's lives, if you are interested in the mysterious workings of the Church of England's 'Vicar Factory', or if you are keen to learn how to hear God's call on your own life, whatever path that may take you down. This is an honest, encouraging and uplifting book and I look forward to Katy writing more about the everyday life of a new curate! Highly recommended.

Review by Ali Herbert

From The Door May 2015

Just as there is no one way of being a priest (although there are aspects of the role that each member of the clergy will hold in common), there is no one way of recognising a vocation to ordained ministry. God calls in a variety of ways and each person will respond differently to that calling. In this book, adapted from her blog, Katy Magdalene Price tells the story of how she went from being a confirmed atheist to being ordained in the Church of England - and she doesn't pull any punches on the way. Written with good humour and a lively style, this is a text that isn't afraid to criticise the Church's bureaucratic processes, the impenetrability of the period of discernment that might lead to selection for training, and some of the more arcane aspects of life in a residential theological college.

Should you be wondering what it might be like to have your life turned upside down by an unexpected and initially unwelcome vocation to the priesthood, to negotiate the system put in place by the Church apparently to dissuade all those mad enough to articulate a calling, and to find yourself marooned for three years in the wilds of Yorkshire with a group of similarly deluded potential vicars, this is the book for you. It's funny, moving and at times painfully honest - and it rattles along at a pace which keeps interest levels high.

As one of our Diocesan Directors of Ordinands, I winced at some of the more pointed comments about systems, assumptions and institutions, but I found myself nodding in agreement with many of Katy's discoveries about faith and trust as she made this journey. I need to add one caveat; this is the story of one young woman, in a specific place at a particular time, following her own path. It's the fact that this is a personal story that gives it such directness and integrity, but it also means that this can't be a 'how to' manual. Each diocese will approach vocational guidance and discernment in a slightly different way, just as each candidate will have their own skills, gifts, experiences and understandings. It won't be exactly the same for you, or for your friend who is being called by God, but there will be things that you'll share along the way.

I enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to people investigating their own vocation. And if you don't believe you have a calling from God, take a risk and read it anyway. After all, what's the worst that can happen if you find yourself inspired to find out, like Katy, what all the fuss is about?

Revd Dr Amanda Bloor, Director of Ordinands for Berkshire and Dorchester.

From the Church of England Newspaper March 2015

Katy Magdalene Price has written a cracker of a book about being called to Ordination, attending theological college and becoming a curate. It grew from her popular blog. It is quite brilliantly written and is a riveting read. It is full of pungent criticism of the ways of the Church of England and the struggles of being called to priesthood - and, of course, the joys.

This is a rare thing among Christian books - funny, wise and real. It is also very good on the struggles of being a Christian and the challenges facing Church. She does it with such wit and humour that the criticisms never seem harsh.

Every page is packed with mischievous asides and comments. It is not for the fainthearted but it is really funny and incredibly honest. Like me, Katy was a fully signed-up postmodern and the ways and language of the church seemed, and seem, very strange. I have to say that this should be essential reading for those attending theological college and for those who lead the Church. Here speaks a wise woman and one whose lack of piety and honest reflection make her a very good companion. If I wasn't a priest myself, I would wish she was my priest.

Review by Steve Morris

Ever been tempted to feel sceptical about someone's 'calling' to ordained ministry; maybe it was something that they had always wanted to do, but subconsciously gave the calling more weight or credibility by ascribing it to God himself (herself?). But what if the calling was felt by someone who considered herself to be an atheist - how does that fit ?

That's what happened to 'cradle atheist' Katy Magdalene Price, as a niggling, 'wouldn't-go-away' feeling was only resolved when she considered that faith and prayer merited an open exploration, and set her on a road to ordination. If she was being called, then there must be a God; if there isn't, then she was going crazy. Either way, it needed to be sorted!

Coming to faith with no history or baggage has allowed KMP to see church life unclouded by preconceived ideas. Her insights shed light on what is and isn't important, and her use of humour helps us all to take a sideways view cutting through church-speak, jargon, the expectations of others, to say nothing of the complexities of ordination training in the Church of England. Katy's book is drawn from a blog she wrote as the process unfolded, and provides humorous insight into selection for, and ordination training, as well as an honest account of her journey from atheist to Christian belief. Katy's insights will be valuable for all - not just those considering ordination, but if you are seeing a dog collar looming, this is the book to read if you want an insider's view that admittedly won't be your 'turn-to' volume on theology but ranks highly on common sense, humour and the sort of advice that you might really need!

Review by Sue Fulford

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841016450
  • Published: 20 February 2015
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
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