called to serve as a priest or deacon
‘The priest continues [Christ’s] work of redemption on earth’
– St John Vianney
Our Priests (from the Greek presbyteros + elder) are co-workers with our Bishop in proclaiming the Gospel and administering the Sacraments. A priest carries out his ministry in communion with the other priests, under the leadership of the Bishop.
Being a priest does not mean just assuming an office or a ministry. Through Holy Orders a priest receives as a definite power and a mission for his brothers and sisters in faith. A priest who administers the Sacraments is a servant who is given the transforming, healing and saving power of Christ through his ordination in order to do God’s work. The Priest will proclaim the Word of God, administer the Sacraments and above all, celebrate the Holy Eucharist. They are called to be celibate as Jesus was, to show his undivided love and devotion to God. [YouCat #249, 250, 254, 258]
What to do?
Many priests speak of a niggling call from God rather than a definitive word, others say they knew from childhood.
However you receive your call from God, in the first instance share it with those you trust. Speak of it in a normal way and preferably tell your parish priest or spiritual director, if you have one.
At any point you can contact a member of our vocations team, usually one of the directors; Frs Andy or Mark. You may, at this stage not be sure what the specifics of your call are; diocesan priesthood or a Religious order, it is still good to connect.
Vocations weekends are planned three times a year. These are weekends for men who are discerning priesthood. You may be in the very early stages of discernment and don’t worry you do not have to sign anything! You can take your time and meet priests who can share more about this incredible life. Priesthood is a gift to our diocese, and we would love to connect with you as you continue your journey with God.
Who We Are
Our Contact details
Fr Andy Richardson – Diocesan Vocations Director
Fr Jonathan Hill – Diocesan Vocations Promoter
Fr Francis Higgins – Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate
Deacon Mick O’Leary – Assistant Director of the Permanent Diaconate