Answering God’s Call
The Office for Priests is concerned with the life and work of the priests in our diocese. The words of Pope John Paul II inspire us as we reflect upon the gift of the ordained priesthood in the life of the Church.
Without priests the Church would not be able to live that fundamental obedience which is at the very heart of her existence and mission in history, an obedience in response to the command of Christ, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19) and “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk 22:19; cf. 1 Cor 11:24), i.e., an obedience to the command to announce the Gospel and to renew daily the sacrifice of the giving of his body and the shedding of his blood for the life of the world. (Pastores Dabo Vobis, #1)
The Office for Priests is committed to supporting priests as they, following the example of the Good Shepherd, strive to fulfill the mission that was given to them – to govern, teach and sanctify. Vital to this mission is the collaboration that must exist between them and the rest of the People of God as the common mission of the Church is embraced by all of the baptized.