Welcome to the Vocation to the Priesthood section.
The purpose here is to help further understanding of priesthood in the Catholic Church for those who may feel they are be called to this particular vocation. There is also space dedicated to their families, friends and others who care for them or have an interest in promoting vocations to the priesthood or supporting those preparing for the priesthood.
Here you can:
- Explore the steps towards a priestly vocation
- See the difference between a vocation and a job or profession
- Understand what the Priesthood is
- Consider the different kinds of priests that are needed
- Start to discern your own particular vocation (it might be different to priesthood)
- Begin to seek confirmation of the vocation revealed through Discernment
- Learn more about how to offer oneself for the diocesan priesthood
- Find out more about the personal preparation needed
- Get some insights into the celebration of God’s calling in a formal way (ordination)
- Take the first step
All Christians are called to live a ‘priestly’ life, which means they offer their whole lives in prayer and service to God in union with the offering of Jesus the High Priest. This is our ‘baptismal’ priesthood. The ‘ministerial’ priest, however, through the sacrament of ordination, shares in the priesthood of Christ in a special way. His very being is transfigured in this sacrament, so that he can represent Christ the Good Shepherd for us, Christ as the Head of the Church. He not only offers his own life to the Father in sacrifice, as all Christians do, but he also stands before the Church and ministers to us as Christ ‘in person’. When he teaches with the authority of the Church then Christ teaches; when he forgives sins in the sacrament of Penance then Christ forgives; when he offers the Sacrifice of the Mass then Christ offers that Sacrifice; when he loves and supports and cares for his people then Christ is present with his people. Because of the wishes of Jesus himself, confirmed by the tradition of the Church throughout the centuries, the ministerial priesthood is reserved for men. In the Western Church the priesthood is also reserved, ordinarily, for single men who are willing to make a lifelong commitment to celibacy, for in this way they can give their whole hearts and minds to the service of the Lord and to the love of his people.
We hope this information will be of help but it is unlikely to be any real substitute for the personal contact required to explore a vocation. Therefore we have group meetings or one-to-ones with no commitment - feel free to ring Father Mark Hogan on 01256 323595 or click here to email.