St. Paul said to his disciple Timothy: “I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Tim 1:6), and “If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.” (1 Tim 3:1) To Titus he said: “This is why I left you in Crete, that you amend what was defective, and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you” (Titus 1:5).

The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the “common priesthood of the faithful.” Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community.

 The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching (munus docendi), divine worship (munus liturgicum) and pastoral governance (munus regendi). Click Here to learn more.

If you feel called by God to be a permanent deacon, a diocesan or religious priest, or a religious brother or a sister, please do not hesitate to talk to your priests about it. Be open and always pray about it.


O God our loving and merciful Father,
You sent Your Son Jesus Christ for the
salvation of humankind.  We ask that
You bless Your Church with holy
vocations to the priesthood and the
religious life.
Grant those who are discerning a
call to be priests and religious, the
courage to respond generously
to Your holy will and become co-workers
of the Good Shepherd.
Give the grace of perseverance to all
those who are already in formation
and a firm resolve to consecrate
themselves to the work of the apostolate
and the salvation of souls.
We ask this through Christ
our Lord. Amen.