“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 7:17)
Introit for the Solemn Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood
“Because it is joined with the episcopal order the office of priests shares in the authority by which Christ himself builds up and sanctifies and rules his Body. Hence the priesthood of priests, while presupposing the sacraments of initiation, is nevertheless conferred by its own particular sacrament. Through that sacrament priests by the anointing of the Holy Spirit are signed with a special character and so are configured to Christ the priest in such a way that they are able to act in the person of Christ the head.” (CCC 1563)
The Priest is essential for the Church as a whole, He is the dispenser of Sacraments, He configures His Life to Christ, He is a man of Service, He is a man who helps draw the people of God to God, without him there would be no Earthly Church! The life of a Priest can be difficult with many ups and downs, but it is a joyful life, it is a life full of happiness!
Check Out This Video from The Diocese of Lafayette Indiana on the Catholic Priesthood!
Check Out the Diocese of Rochester Priestly Vocation Page Here for more information on becoming a seminarian and the daily life of a priest in Our Diocese!
Priests come from every walk of life! Click Here to find out about Our Seminarians who are becoming Priests!
If you think you are being called to this holy vocation, please contact a priest here at Our Lady of the Lakes! We would love to be part of your journey!
“But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)