Priesthood...exploring the journey
A: Prayer is essential for a priest’s personal relationship with God.
A: Parishioners have the opportunity of supporting the priests of the Archdiocese by contributing to the first collection at Sunday Mass. Money from here covers the priests' living, travel and health expenses.
A: Before developing an interest in priesthood the person would have already had special hobbies, sports or interests. Priests are encouraged to have a regular day off for personal recreation. Talking to priests can provide further insights.
A: A Diocesan priest normally ministers in a parish community. He preaches the Word of God, celebrates the Mass and Sacraments, and offers pastoral care and support to his parishioners.
A: Firstly, one would need to have a personal faith in Jesus and want to follow Him. He would need to have a deep love and concern for people, especially those in need. He would need to be able to work together with others in the Church.
A: Priests can differ in the way that they show they are committed to Christ and Church. For example some priest choose to wear a shirt with crosses or a cross, or others wear a clerical collar.
A: Being a priest can satisfy the need to be intimately connected to Christ, and through him to be of service to others. Priests believe that they are really making a difference.
A: We are looking for young men who have a mature understanding of themselves and who have made a commitment to Jesus. They need to be open to a process of further growth and development, so as to be able to direct their whole lives to God and the service of others.