A diocesan priest dedicates his life in the service of Christ and the people within a given territory called a Diocese. Conformed to Christ through the sacrament of holy orders, he is called to preach the word of God, to celebrate the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist which is the centre of his life and ministry, and to lead those entrusted to his care into a deeper relationship with the Lord. A priest commits himself to a daily discipline of personal prayer.
A diocesan priest is often referred to as a parish priest because his ministry usually unfolds in the service of a parish. While he does not take vows, a diocesan priest promises respect and obedience to his bishop and leads a chaste, celibate life as a sign of his total dedication to Christ and the Church. The opportunity to serve God and bring hope and healing to others brings with it a deep sense of peace and joy.
If you think you may be called to the Diocesan Priesthood, please contact the Vocation Director.