Creating a Vocation CulturePriesthood

In the Roman Catholic Church the Priesthood, or Holy Orders, is a sacrament reserved for unmarried men. Those who live out this vocation while living the Consecrated Life are called Religious Priests, while others who are ordained for a particular Diocese are called Diocesan Priests. Both kinds of priests commit to a life of celibate chastity, poverty, and obedience.  Diocesan Priests typically remain pastors in the diocese they were ordained in.  They attend to the spiritual needs of the parishioners at a church that their bishop assigns them to. Priests often find joy in administering the sacraments and recharge their batteries through hobbies, recreation, and spending time with friends and family.  Diocesan priests usually live by themselves or with other priests in a home close to the church.

Bishop Gary Gordon's Talk on Vocations 2016-12-07

This talk took place at the Waterloo Serra Club's 50th anniversary dinner.

Fr. John Lesousky, CR and Fr. John Miles, CR celebrate! 2016-07-18

A celebration of 60 and 65 years of ordained priesthood in the Catholic Church. Fr. Jim Donohue, CR offers this homily at St. Boniface Church in Louisville, KY.

Two Cents on Discernment 2015-10-16

In this video Fr. Wojciech Kuzma - Vocation Director for the Diocese in Hamilton, Ontario - speaks about the theme of discernment.

Life of a Parish Priest 2015-10-16

Taken from this video does well to explore many essential elements of priesthood as described by Fr. Jason Kuntz from the Diocese of Hamilton

Fr Roger Formosi - Homily on Vocations 2015-10-07

Fr Roger Formosi preached this captivating homily on vocations to Consecrated Life and the Priesthood in 2013.  He was an outstanding diocesan priest who brought great joy and healing to the lives of so many. 

Fr. Tom Rosica, CSB 2014-06-03

Fr. Tomas Rosica, CSB reveals what Pope Francis is saying about promoting vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life. Fr. Rosica spoke at the 2014 Serra Conference at the Hamilton, Ontario at the residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada.&

FAQ: "What are some of the difficulties that priests experience?"

They sometimes find the lack of support for their vocation and/or being misunderstood difficult to cope with. Over the years our society has at times undervalued and/or criticized a life dedicated to God in this way. Sometimes priests get discouraged when the people around them see their vocation as outdated or unhealthy.  Another common difficulty is dealing with an abundant need of sacramental ministry without enough hours in the day to meet the demands.  In many places the Catholic Church simply needs more well trained, and joyful, priests.

FAQ: "What do they love most about being a Priest?"

Priests generally agree that the things they love most are the peace and consolation they find in prayer, the meaning and joy they find in their ministry, and the blessings they receive in their relationships with friends, family and community members. Those who have the opportunity to travel also love the cultural and geographical diversity they get to experience throughout the world.