Becoming a Priest

A priest is a Christian, a member of the Church, who is called by God to proclaim the “Good News” of salvation to the world. He leads God’s people in worship and makes present the saving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross in the Eucharist. Priests are privileged to act “in persona Christi” (in the person of Christ), especially in the celebration of the Sacraments: he gives the life of Christ to people in Baptism; he forgives their sins in Reconciliation; he anoints the sick; he witnesses vows as a couple is joined together in Marriage.

A priest also witnesses to the presence of God by his daily lived faith, especially in the midst of a parish community. He encourages, consoles, rejoices, and supports his parishioners in their lived experience of faith. Some priests are members of religious communities (Franciscans, Jesuits, Vincentians, etc.) and other priests are “Diocesan Priests”. Most diocesan priests are “parish priests”, serving in a parish in his diocese, while others sometimes serve in “specialized ministries”, such as teaching or serving as a chaplain in a school, hospital, or the military.

We believe that God is calling many young men to the priesthood. Could you be one of those men? Has anybody ever said to you that you would make a good priest? Have you thought about the idea, but tried to put it out of your mind? We challenge you now to consider it. Ask the Lord through prayer and the sacraments whether or not you are being called to continue the work of His Son to save souls. Could it be to serve His people right here in the Diocese of Brooklyn?

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