Vocations to the Priesthood
Some Answer to Your Questions
What is a calling?
• Who is a priest?
And a diocesan priest?
How do I become a priest?
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Who is a Roman Catholic priest?
There is no one sentence that can really
describe who a Roman Catholic priest is. Put
simply, he is a man called to live a life
committed to being Christ among us. Some of us
have quite a good idea of who a Roman Catholic
priest is, some only a rather stereotyped idea
from TV and the media, and then some, only from
their occasional personal encounters.
In practical terms, first and foremost, he is an
ordained minister of the sacraments of the
Church. In this, his most visible role to most
people is as a presider at the celebration of
the Eucharist. He is also seen presiding over
funerals and weddings.
In his ministry, a priest can be assigned in
various situations requiring his skill and
training. These assignments are numerous, and
range from parish work, to a chaplaincy to
prisons, hospitals, campuses or the military,
social work among the poor and downtrodden,
missionary areas, research, literary and
creative (music, arts, web) endeavours, academic
instruction and even administrative and
management roles in the Church and its
institutions. In each situation, the priest is
called to serve Christ by working towards the
betterment of the Church, the community and the
In his commitment to Christ and the Church, a
priest takes a number of vows, depending on
whether he is a diocesan or religious priest.
All priests take a vow of celibacy and
obedience, and most religious priests
additionally take a vow of poverty.
A Roman Catholic priest takes on many roles in
his community. He is a presider, preacher,
teacher, counsellor, role model, spiritual guide
and friend. In this regard, it must seem to be a
great deal of responsibility and requires a lot
from someone considering this sacred calling.
However, it is very important for someone
contemplating the priesthood to realise that you
will not be alone in it all. The Church, the
community, perhaps even your family, but most of
all, the guidance and providence of the Holy
Spirit will be with you along your journey, and
if it is indeed your calling to be among the
royal priesthood, it will be a choice you shall