[Jesus] went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. - Mark 3:13-15
All men and women are called to discipleship, to holiness, and to be a priestly people. But some men are called by God to undertake a particular mission for His Church. They are asked to give up much, making promises of obedience, prayer, and celibacy, so that the sacraments may be made available to all people.
When I first felt called to priesthood, I was not interested in becoming a priest. And although the call was undeniable I spent a lot of time denying it at first. Eventually I knew that if I didn't at least give it a serious look I would regret it for the rest of my life. And although being a priest presents its challenges, I could not imagine doing anything else that would make me even half this joyful. The experience of being a conduit of grace, especially sacramental grace, is indescribable.
If you think you might be called to priesthood - or to consecrated religious life - but don't know what to do next, please talk to me, Fr. Paul., Fr. Julius., or Sr. Donna. We want to help you figure out what God has had in mind for you from the foundation of the world.
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you...plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. - Jeremiah 29:11
- Fr. Dan