Priesthood is about leadership and service, following the example of Jesus. This leadership takes the shape of caring for people, speaking God’s Word to them, celebrating Mass and other sacraments, and being with people in the best and worst times of their lives, seeking to be the presence of Jesus to them throughout the parishes of our Diocese. A few priests also have specialised ministries as chaplains to schools, hospitals or the armed forces, as university lecturers, or working in a remote outback town.
How to know God is calling me to the Priesthood?
Most men called to the priesthood have experienced several (but not all) of the following.
- Inner desire to pray more and take the faith more seriously.
- Passion for the Faith.
- Have a basic desire to give your life to God completely and the desire to be a priest.
- Can’t shake the possibility of priesthood.
- Attracted to the things are involved in the life of a priest.
- Others have said, “You’d make a Good Priest.”
- Have a desire to serve people in different ways, or to pass on the faith, or to pray with and for others.
- Being committed to one’s Catholic faith – a love for Christ, for the Sacraments, for the People of God.
Prayer for vocations to the Priesthood
O God, you sent your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe. I join him in praying for labourers for your harvest. May your Holy Spirit inspire men to continue his mission through your priesthood in the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. May this same Spirit make known your will for my life. Mary, mother of priests, help our seminarians that they may sustain strength and protection during this time of preparation and help those called to Priesthood that their ears and hearts will be open to the call of the Holy Spirit.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Pray for us
St John Marie Vianney, Patron of Priests – Pray for us
Pray for the Seminarians of Wilcannia-Forbes
Michael Wood, Vincent Kamba, Hugo Chis