Priesthood

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew;  they were making a cast in the lake with their nets, for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men’.  And they left their nets at once and followed him.  (Matthew 4: 18-20)

Lord Jesus, you said to your disciples: ‘ The harvest indeed is great but the labourers are few’. We ask that we may know and follow the vocation to which you have called us.  We pray for those called to serve:  those whom you have called, those you are calling now, and those you will call in the future.  May they be open and responsive to the call of serving your people.  Amen.  


Further information on  diocesan vocations please contact:

Bishops House,
John’s Hill,
Waterford.

Tel:  051-874463

What is Vocation?

A vocation is a call from God to do something specifically for God and for His Kingdom.  The primary vocation of every person is to be holy.  It is the divine calling to love and serve God, to obey his commandments and join in the work of redemption by loving and serving others.  Everyone is called to live the vocation of holiness, but everyone lives it in a special and unique way according to the plan of God.  

What is a Diocesan Priest?
A Diocesan Priest commits himself to serve the people of a Diocese and cares for every person within his community.  He serves the day to day spiritual needs of his people.  He uses his own particular gifts to help in the service of others.  He visits the sick and supports families in times of bereavement and tragedy.  He celebrates Mass and sacraments such as Baptism, Reconciliation and Marriage.

 

How do I know if I am the right person for Priesthood?
  • Do you have a desire to always help others and do you pray?
  • Do you enjoy life, people and have a sense of humour?
  • Are you concerned for the poor and the vulnerable in your community?

If you answer ‘Yes’, then maybe you are the right sort of person.

How do I know God is calling me?
God calls us and speaks to us in many different ways.  He speaks to us through prayer, through the circumstances that we may find ourselves in throughout life.   Maybe you have a sense of fear about making such a committment, but remember there is also a sense of excitement, a challenge, an invitation, and sense of being called beyond yourself to share in a great work.
What should I do if I want to be a Priest?
  • Pray
  • Listen to God
  • Attend Mass and receive Eucharist.
  • Talk to a Priest in your local area
  • Become involved in your Parish

A PRAYER FOR OUR PRIESTS

You came from among us to be, for us, one who serves.
We thank you for ministering Christ to us and helping us minster Christ to each other.
We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our community;
for drawing us together in worship, for visiting our homes,
for comforting us in sickness, for showing us compassion,
for blessing our marriage, for baptising our children,
for confirming us in our calling, for supporting us in our bereavement,
for helping the whole community realise God’s presence among us.

For our part, we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs and never take you for granted.
You, like us, need friendship and love, welcome and a sense of belonging, kind words and acts of thoughtfulness.
We pray, also for the priests who have a wounded Priesthood.
May we be willing to forgive and may they be open to healing.
Let us support one another during times of crisis.

God our Father, we ask you to bless our Priests and confirm them in their calling.
Give them the gifts they need to respond with generosity and a joyful heart.

We offer this prayer for our Priests.  

Amen.