Vocations to the Priesthood
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Who is a priest?
• And a diocesan priest?
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And Who Is A Diocesan Priest?
he is a Roman Catholic priest who serves the
Church, under the leadership of a bishop, in
fraternity with the other diocesan priests, of a
local diocese. The bishop is the “chief priest”
of the diocese, and a diocesan priest comes
under his authority.
A diocesan priest spends his ministry within the
boundaries of his local diocese. His most common
role is as a priest ministering to a parish
community. But he also performs other roles such
as teaching at a seminary, assisting in the
administration of the diocese, a chaplaincy and
other duties which the bishop might require him
to attend to.
So there are other kinds
The notion of a diocesan priest is distinct from
that of a religious priest or a priest belonging
to a community of apostolic life:
- The former is a priest who professes the
charism of a religious order, commonly abiding
by a monastic way of life. Examples are the
Franciscans, Redemptorists, Dominicans and the
Jesuits. A common appeal to the memory of most
people would be a friar in a brown, black or
- The latter do not profess a charism, but
nevertheless live in a community or set out with
a specific missionary or social mission, such as
the Maryknoll Fathers, the Paulists, the Mill
Hill Missionaries and many others. Both the
former and latter are obedient not to a local
bishop, but to a Superior of their order or