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Pope Benedict XVI on the Priesthood
The Priest - the Believer

The priest must be a believer, one who converses with God. If this is not the case, then all his activities are futile. The most lofty and important thing a priest can do for people is first of all being what he is: a believer. Through faith he lets God, the other, come into the world. ... (Click here to read more)


Reflections on Priestly Life and Ministry


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Articles to Read and Share ...

NEW Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening

Saying "Yes" When God Calls

The Art of Decision Making, by Sister Paula Mary Palasz, CSSF

The Ages and Stages of Priestly Vocations

Celibacy: To Love as Jesus Loved

Signs of a Religious Vocation, by Father Martin Pable, OFM Cap.

Why do men want to become priests today?

Qualities Needed in Candidates for Priesthood

Catholic Seminaries and Schools of Theology

Documents on Priesthood


Prayer to Know One's Vocation

Lord, my God and my loving Father,
you have made me to know you, 
to love you, to serve you,
and thereby to find and to fulfill myself.
I know that you are in all things,
and that every path can lead me to you.
But of them all, there is one especially
by which you want me to come to you.
Since I will do what you want of me,
I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind,
to show me what you want of me; into my heart,
to give me the determination to do it,
and to do it with all my love, with all my mind,
and with all my strength right to the end.


Prayer for Vocations

Compassionate Heart of Jesus,

     graciously listen to our prayers.

Give us generous hearts

     to respond to your call in our lives.

Lift up courageous men and women

     willing to follow after your heart

     as priests, sisters, brothers, and      deacons.

Help parents and teachers to share the

     faith and to encourage young people

     to explore religious vocations. 

Guide all people, Lord, in your ways

     of compassion, truth, and peace,

     that we may find happiness

     in fulfilling our vocation. 



... more prayers

Helps for Discerning a 
Call to Priesthood

Frequently Asked Questions About Vocations

Frequently Asked Questions About College Seminary

Frequently Asked Questions About Older Priestly Vocations

Vocations Online Discernment Page

Story of My Life Vocational Guide


Additional Helps for those 
from the Joliet Diocese

Thinking of Diocesan Priesthood?: The Vocation Discernment Group

Give God a Chance with Your Life: College Options for Those Thinking of Priesthood

Special ... From the USCCB 
Bishop's Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

Vocations & Priestly Formation


Thoughts on Priestly Celibacy 

An excerpt from Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way!  by Pope John Paul II

   It is important to point out that there are profound theological reasons supporting the discipline on celibacy.  The encyclical Sacedotalis Caelibatus, published in 1967 by my venerable predecessor Pope Paul VI, synthesizes them as follows (cf. nn. 19-34)


   First and foremost there is a Christological motivation: as Mediator between the Father and the human race, Christ remained celibate so as to dedicate Himself totally to the service of God and men.  Those whose fortune it is to share in the dignity and mission of Christ are called to share also in this total gift of self.

   Then there is an ecclesiological motivation:  Christ loved the Church, offering Himself entirely for her sake, in order to make her a glorious, holy, and immaculate Spouse.  By choosing celibacy, the sacred ministers themselves manifest the virginal love of Christ for the Church, drawing forth the supernatural vigor of spiritual fruitfulness.


   Finally there is an eschatalogical motivation:  at the resurrection of the dead, Jesus said, “they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Matt 22:30).  Priestly celibacy proclaims the arrival of a new dawn of salvation, and in a way it anticipates the fulfillment of the kingdom as it sets forth its supreme values that will one day shine forth in all the children of God. 


Pages 141-142


Copyright: 2010 by Joliet Diocese Vocation Office,
Fr. Burke Masters, Director

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