What makes a man choose to be a Catholic priest? The cynical and snide these days might bring up an unhealthy interest in other people’s children. And yet, historically, the calling to the cloth has often been a noble one, as likely an impulse driven by spiritual yearning and zeal for social justice as mere careerism or a flight from normative sexuality. The Catholic Church, which faces a crisis of vocations across the Western world, would do well to look again at this story about one remarkable man’s inspiring but implausible path to the priesthood, that also critiques the characters of various other clerical wannabes. The film is primarily Stu’s tale, yet it also reflects on bigger issues, such as how grace transforms a man and what happens to his manliness when it does so. How priests reconcile their new identity with their old is a leitmotif here, and the answer may make you think again about what one gives up in finding God.