Resources on Priesthood
We face so many questions in our lives – what brings happiness? What is the purpose of my life? Where can I find meaning? One powerful way of living is the priesthood. We can have all kinds of images about the priesthood, but every priest is different and has something unique to offer. Think of the priests you know and how they do their best to answer their vocation. The Lord calls ordinary men to serve him in this extraordinary way. If God is calling someone to be a priest it will be a life that is challenging but also rewarding in so many ways. You build a bond of trust and friendship with your people, you become part of their families as you journey with them in the highs and lows of life. No day is ever the same and in the course of a single day you may have helped prepare a couple for marriage, help another family as they look forward to their child's baptism and been with a third family as they mourn the death of their loved one. You can show that the ministry of the Church is not something distant but personal, where the Lord reaches out to his people, making a real difference. It takes a lot of courage to go against the grain but if the Lord calls you in this way, the priesthood offers a way to be truly yourself, the person that God wants you to be.
Fr Mark Floody, Vocations Director
This set of resources written by our team at NYMO, in collaboration with Fr Mark and other priests from the diocese, are intended to help you explore priesthood with your young people. Links to the resources can be found below, as well as the video "Fr. Andy's Story"
At our recent residential weekend spent some time looking at the different ways in which Christ is present to us at Mass. As well as in the gathered Community, in the Word and in the Eucharist, we discovered that Christ is present in the Priest celebrating Mass.
We also reflected on how all priests need help, encouragement and prayer for their ministry. As part of our concluding rite, we prayed for both Fr Simon and Bishop Peter, and each took a card bearing the name of a priest from the Diocese to pray for.
If you would like to join us in praying for our priests, you can download a prayer card here: NYMO Prayer for Priests - you might like to write the name of a specific priest on the card, so that you can hold them intentionally in prayer.
This is the National website for Diocesan priesthood. This site has good information about becoming a priest and being a priest. It also has a section on the different role a Diocesan priest can play. A useful read before running a session on priesthood. You could also play an amusing game of dress the priest!
Try visiting part of the Allen Hall seminary website. There are good articles from this page by Fr. Stephen Wang, Formation director from Allen Hall.
Compass is an initiative to make people aware of the opportunities within religious communities. The website does give useful information on the life of a religious. It has testimonies from people who have used compass during their time of discernment, including those who are now priests. This site also has links to most religious orders websites.
Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia has a good amount of information about all different sorts of vocation, including priesthood and the religious life. Similarly Lifeteen ministries in the States has a section of their site devoted to vocation.