“What Good Can a Priest Do?” by Bishop DiMarzio

June 25, 2014 – Excerpted from “Put Out Into the Deep”, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

Several months ago, one of our priests ordained seven years ago, Father Raphael Munday Kukana, asked for an appointment to meet with me. At our meeting, he brought me two surprises. The first was the manuscript of a book he wrote in 2013 entitled, “Unworthy Servant: What Good Can A Priest Do?” The book is his personal reflection on his then six years of priesthood and is truly fascinating.

Most importantly, perhaps it is the question that Father asks in the book on which we can meditate as we welcome 13 new priests to the Presbyterate of Brooklyn and Queens. He says, “The underlying question behind this reflection is ‘What good can a priest do?’ This question should really be a starting point because priests are ordained not to do some ‘good,’ but, simply put, to serve.

Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.