“What will you do with your life? What are your plans? Have you ever thought of committing your existence totally to Christ? Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?” -Pope John Paul II
What is a Diocesan Priest?
“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people”… Luke 5:10
A diocesan priest is called to serve the people of God in a particular diocese and parish. Diocesan priests work with their Bishop, serving mostly in parishes. In a parish a priest is the spiritual leader for the community - he administers the sacraments, cares for the needs of the people in good and bad times and helps to promote the message of Christ. It is a call to give your life to making Christ’s presence real through the sacraments and especially through the Eucharist.
If you feel called to Diocesan Priesthood please talk to your local priest or to our Diocesan Vocation Director, Fr Noel Kirwan (@ Pastoral Centre). This meeting may help you to discern your vocation and help with some real planning for the future.
Practical ways of discerning your vocation
Dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ. He takes nothing away, and He gives you everything. When we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundredfold in return.” -Pope Benedict XVI
Discernment is a prayerful process where we ask for Gods guidance in our decisions. People faithfully discern God's will by bringing Him in the decision through:
- Prayer: If we are discerning Gods calling, then the best place to start is in communication with God! Creating daily time for prayer, especially in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, is vital
- Sacraments: Reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, which clear the mind and heart of barriers to hearing God.
- Counsel: Take time to speak with and listen to the advice of those you trust: parents, priest, brother, or sister. Spiritual direction is also a great help for us as we discern the way forward.
- Silence: Being with God in silence in parts of our daily life and on periodic retreats.
- Decision: Its difficult to make a decision, if we are conflicted before we start. So, for example, its difficult to consider priesthood, if we remain in a committed dating relationship.
- Visit: If God may be calling you to priesthood or religious life, get information on the life and the orders you may be interested in. Visit a convent or seminary: You do not know what you are saying yes or no to unless you go and see.
- Trust: Above all, trust that your happiness is God's desire. Gods calling is a calling into new life and joy.
Prayer for my vocation
Heavenly Father, You have a great and loving plan for our world and for me. I want to do my part in your plan. Help me to see the signs that You give me. Open my heart to respond to You.Grant me the courage to follow your call. Give me the strength to serve You and your people with generosity and love. Amen