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by armaghpriest.com on May 18th, 2018

​This dimension of the priest’s heart is very important to his pastoral ministry. A true experience of God the Father will be essential for the priest to help him recognize himself as father of his flock – his brothers and sisters in Christ. In order to be a father, the priest has to be a son first; a son who commits mistakes and asks for forgiveness; a son who trusts and loves his father; a son who humbly accepts to be corrected; a son who responds with respect and love. Being a son of God is not as easy as some may say. Being a son entails certain responsibilities and rights. Being a son or a daughter is our first vocation (calling) when we’re born. We’re part of the Mystical Body of Christ, therefore, we are children of God in the Son. It is through Christ that we can be called children of God. This takes place through our Baptism, which confers an indelible seal upon our soul. The priest acts always according to God, “for from Him and through Him and for Him are all things” (Rm. 11:36).

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed* we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn 3: 1-2).

(Original article and image: ​https://catholic-link.org/seven-hearts-of-a-priest/)

by armaghpriest.com on May 17th, 2018

​Here are the basic steps that outline a man's journey to ordination.

Contrary to popular belief, priests are not born priests. They do not come out of the sky. Simply put, the path to ordination is a life-long journey, one that is not a “career move,” but a response to a divine call from God.

While some men do feel called to the priesthood during their childhood, many others are drawn towards it during high school, college or even later in life. There is no single path to becoming a priest, but all priests have one thing in common: a call.

At a certain point a man may feel called to the priesthood. This could be through prayer or the invitation of a parishioner. This man will continue to pray about this call and if it persists, he is urged by his parish priest or confessor to call the local vocation director (or the vocation director of a specific religious order, if it is a calling to religious life).

After conversations with a vocation director, he will undergo various pyschological exams and background checks. This will help determine if he is fit to live the life of a priest. At the same time, he will visit various seminaries or monasteries to see first-hand what he is about to dive into. If the call persists and the vocational leadership team also sees the potential, he is admitted to a period of formation. Discerning the call to the priesthood is always a “team effort,” and the man is never alone in his journey.

At this point he does not sign a dotted line stating that he will become a priest. It is a “trial” period, where he is able to freely leave if he (or the superiors) discern that God is not calling him to the priesthood. Generally speaking (and this is not from any scientific survey) about one third of men in formation are ordained priests.

For a religious man in formation, this usually consists of a few years in a “novitiate,” learning the way of life in the religious community. Typically after he professes solemn vows, he is then admitted to pursue the priesthood and several years later is ordained a priest. This process various considerably depending on the congregation.

In a diocesan setting, a man will either enter a college seminary or a pre-theology program, depending on whether he has already received his bachelor’s degree. After that, he is admitted to a theological program where he learns the ins and outs of a parish priest. On average a diocesan priest is ordained after 6-8 years of formation.

Throughout the entire process a man on the path to ordination will be appointed a spiritual director, who will help guide him in his inner struggles and discern what God is calling him to do. It is a long journey, one that is not entered into lightly. However, for those who feel great peace when thinking about serving the people of God as a priest, it becomes the greatest treasure they could ever have.

(Original article and image from ​https://aleteia.org/2018/05/12/an-inside-look-at-the-road-to-the-priesthood/)

by armaghpriest.com on May 16th, 2018

In this month of May, we're encouraging people to pray a decade of the Rosary each day for those discerning the call to priesthood. Today's suggested Mystery is the Coronation of Mary.

by armaghpriest.com on May 15th, 2018

Today's suggested decade prayer for those discerning the call to priesthood

by armaghpriest.com on May 14th, 2018

Join us today in praying a decade of the Rosary for those discerning the call to priesthood!

by armaghpriest.com on May 13th, 2018

​In this #MonthOfMay, please join us in praying one decade of the #Rosary each day for those discerning the call to #priesthood. Today, the 4th #Glorious Mystery - The Assumption. #BeAnArmaghPriest 

by armaghpriest.com on May 13th, 2018

​Exceptions aside, the priest is unmarried, however, that doesn’t keep him from being a true father by vocation. The fertility that God grants priests is different, it’s an inner fertility that plants the seed of the Gospel and lets it grow. The priest is the one who begets souls for eternal life. He’s a father who teaches, educates, plays and has fun, but also corrects. He’s a spiritual father who listens to his children’s problems and advises and helps them overcome the difficult moments of life. The priest is a father who gets involved in his children’s lives, but also lets them be independent. He’s a father who’s present in the important events of life, like the Sacraments, but he also participates in the everyday moments, like a good football game. The priest is a father by vocation, that’s precisely why we call him “father;” it’s not a coincidence.

“What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit* to those who ask him?” (Lk. 11:11-13).

(Original article and image here: ​https://catholic-link.org/seven-hearts-of-a-priest/)

by armaghpriest.com on May 12th, 2018

​Today's Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to priesthood - the 3rd Joyful Mystery - the Nativity 

by armaghpriest.com on May 11th, 2018

​Please join us in this #MonthOfMay, this #MonthOfMary in praying for those discerning the call to #priesthood. Today, we offer a #prayer for the 4th #Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross #BeAnArmaghPriest #Rosary #FridayFeeIing 

by armaghpriest.com on May 10th, 2018

​Today's Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to #priesthood#BeAnArmaghPriest

by armaghpriest.com on May 9th, 2018

​Please join us in praying today's Rosary mystery for those discerning the call to priesthood: today, the Descent of the Holy Spirit 

by armaghpriest.com on May 8th, 2018

​Today's #Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to #priesthood #BeAnArmaghPriest #TuesdayMotivation

by armaghpriest.com on May 7th, 2018


by armaghpriest.com on May 6th, 2018

​In this #MonthOfMay, why not join us in our daily Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to priesthood? Today's prayer is the 2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension. #BeAnArmaghPriest 

by armaghpriest.com on May 5th, 2018

​Today's Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to priesthood : the 1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation 

by armaghpriest.com on May 4th, 2018

6th May: Sixth Sunday of Easter
For all those chosen by the Lord to go and bear fruit as priests and in the consecrated life, that they will respond to His love with conviction in their vocations…
 
13th May: The Ascension of the Lord
For those discerning the call to priesthood: that they may know that they are being called to be faithful witnesses of God’s presence in the world…
 
20th May: Pentecost Sunday
That through union with the Blessed Virgin Mary, in whose company the Apostles received the Holy Spirit, men and women will receive the grace to respond to Christ’s call to follow Him as priests and in the consecrated life…
 
27th May: The Most Holy Trinity
That the mystery of the love of the Blessed Trinity, manifest in the gift of Jesus Christ, will strengthen many men and women to respond to that love as priests and in the consecrated life…
 
3rd June: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
For a growing trust in the presence of the Lord in His call among men and women being chosen to serve Him and His Church as priests and in the consecrated life…

by armaghpriest.com on May 4th, 2018

​Please join us in this #MonthOfMay to pray a decade of the #Rosary each day for those discerning the call to #priesthood Today: the 2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The #Scourging

by armaghpriest.com on May 3rd, 2018

​Today's #Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to #priesthood #MonthOfMay #BeAnArmaghPriest 

by armaghpriest.com on May 2nd, 2018

​Please join us in this #MonthOfMay to pray a decade of the #Rosary each day for those discerning the call to #priesthood 

Today: the 1st Glorious Mystery: The #Resurrection 
 

by armaghpriest.com on May 1st, 2018

​Every day in this #MonthOfMay, we'll be posting a #Rosary prayer for those discerning the call to #priesthood. Please do join us!

Today: the 1st Sorrowful Mystery. With thanks to @VianneyVocation