Vocations To The Sacred Priesthood
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), Commonly known in English as St John Vianney, was a French parish priest who is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of all priests. He is often referred to as the "Curé d'Ars". He became internationally notable for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Catholics attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, his persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Philomena.
- Perhaps God has placed in your heart a desire to be a priest, if so don’t ignore it. Talk to a priest you admire about how you feel.
- A priest functions in persona Christi capitas—in the person of Christ, head of the Church. Thus a man who wants to be a priest must love Jesus Christ above all else. And like Jesus, he should have a deep love for the Church, the Bride of Christ. In general, a man who wants to be a priest will find himself drawn to Church teachings and “all things Catholic.”
- Perhaps other people have mentioned to you that you would be a good priest.
Often other people will notice a “priest’s heart” in a young man and say to him, “Have you ever thought about being a priest? I think you’d make a good one.” In fact, many men report that they grew tired of people making such comments—but that the encouragement eventually led them to seminary!
- A good candidate for the priesthood attends Mass, prays frequently, receives the sacrament of Confession, serves others, and strives to grow spiritually.
- If you want to help others grow closer to Christ you must have a deep concern for the people of God. You must want to help them grow in holiness; want to teach them the truths of the faith; want to minster to them during the trials of life. The vocation of priesthood is about leading others to heaven.
If you’ve thought about the possibility of priesthood, but don’t yet have all these signs and qualities, don’t despair! All people must strive for holiness. And future priests go through a formation period, precisely to help them grow in virtue and be effective in their ministry.
If you’re interested in priesthood, talk to one of our Bishops about the signs above. He can help you further discern your vocation. And remember—true happiness and peace depend on following God’s perfect will for your life. If God wants you to be a priest, trust in His grace to lead you and make contact with us.
The path to the Priesthood includes a full formation course which is validated by the Seminary of St. James the Elder, Florida, USA. http://www.stjamestheelder.org/
Please contact: Bishop Geoffrey (Chancellor) at: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07817825624
Almighty God, Give Us Priests
establish the honour of Your Holy Name;
to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar;
to give us Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament;
to proclaim the faith of Jesus;
to Baptise and to teach the young;
to tend Your sheep; to seek the lost;
to give pardon to the penitent sinner;
to bless our homes;
to pray for the afflicted;
to comfort mourners;
to strengthen us in our last hour;
to commend our souls;
Almighty God, Give Us Priests
You gave us Christ
as the Shepherd of our souls;
may Your people always have priests
who care for them with his great love.
We make our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.