Office of Vocations
The diocesan priest is called to priestly ministry under the obedience and authority of the Bishop of a diocese, and he shares in the ministry of the Bishop. In his service to Christ and to the Church, a priest is called to embody and mirror the image of Christ the High Priest, who gives His life for the world. In nourishing God’s people with the Word and Sacraments, the priest, by Christ’s authority, shepherds the flock, forgives sins and opens channels of God’s grace to the people.
Anyone desiring to enter into studies towards the diocesan priesthood will need to begin the process by contacting the Vocation Director or his parish priest.
After high school, the candidate will be required to complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Applicants for theology must have completed a bachelor’s degree, preferably a BA in Philosophy or its equivalent. Following this degree, the candidate enters into five years of theology in a seminary chosen by the Bishop in consultation with the candidate.
After the fouth year, the candidate may petition the Bishop to receive the Diaconate. After study and discernment, the candidate receives the Diaconate usually at the end of the four years, while ordination to the Priesthood usually takes place at the end of five years.