About Catholic Priesthood

An ordained priest shares in the mission of Jesus as a Priest, a Prophet and a King.

  • As priest, he prays and celebrates divine worship.
  • As prophet, he preaches and teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • And as king, he serves others.

A priest brings people to Jesus, and Jesus to people.

A priest does this primarily by preaching the Word and offering the Sacrifice of the Mass.

His daily life involves administering the sacraments—Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, and Matrimony (Holy Orders is reserved for bishops to administer)—and caring for the people in their daily needs.

Thou Art a Priest Forever

To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasure...

To be a member of every family yet belonging to none...

To share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds...

To daily go from men to God to offer Him their petitions...

To return from God to men to offer them His hope...

To have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity...

To bless and be blest forever.

O God, what a life, and it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!

- J.B. Henri Lacordaire, OP

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