WHY DO MEN BECOME PRIESTS?
We see the presence of Priests in the Church and, like many things in life that we take for granted, we rarely think about where they come from or how they get to be priests.
Many Catholic boys do at some time or other wonder about the priesthood - and probably for most it is one of the passing stages in wondering what they will do when they grow up. For others, it is a seed that lodges in fertile ground, and as they grow older they will desire to find out more about the possibilities.
It is good that every Catholic boy should ask himself whether Christ is calling him to serve the Church in this ministry.
The reason why men choose to become priests is ultimately because Christ is calling them. The way He calls them, and the paths by which they come to Him will vary hugely, but the priesthood is always a response to God’s initiative, His calling. As He said to Simon Peter: It is not flesh and blood that has revealed this to you, but My Father in heaven.
But we should not be put off because we think we’re not holy enough, or because we haven’t experienced any sort of vision. The work of discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood is the work of looking for Christ’s call - and that can come, as it so often has, from what might seem the most unlikely people!
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Read on to discover something of this process.
Use the menu on the left to navigate around this Vocations section. Links in side-boxes will get you back to this page. There is also a link on the right to go to a page about the Diaconate - how to pursue a calling to be a Permanent Deacon
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Contact details for the Diocesan Vocations team can be found by clicking here.
Click here to go to the website of the National Office for Vocations.
The Diocesan Youth Office, NYMO, has produced an excellent parallel Vocations section on their own website, aimed at young people, featuring music and video clips, a film study and suggestions for youth-group discussions. See here.