Priesthood Information Day
This was an informal opportunity for men considering priesthood as a way of life to meet some priests and seminarians and discuss their questions.
"Contrary to popular perception, thinking about being a priest does not begin with a bolt of lightning! Most priests can't tell exactly where their decision to become a priest began. It is a combination of many thinks, including the environment in which one is reared, the influence of priests, the values which one acquires, one's prayer life, reading, learning, reflecting …
"One thing is for sure — it is never a snap decision. It takes time before you can arrive at a point of reasonable certainty that God is calling you to be a priest. Nonetheless, it is clear from the scriptures and from the history of Christianity that God does call people to this special life of service.
"So how would you know?
"The first thing to do is find out all you can about the life of a priest. Being a priest in a diocese for example is very different to being a priest in a monastery or on the missions abroad. Ask priests about their lives. Read what literature is available....
"Spend time in prayer asking God to help you discern whether priesthood is for you. Read some of the passages of the bible that deal with Our Lord's call to the prophets of the Old Testament and the Apostles and disciples of the New Testament.
"Ask family members and friends to also place you in their prayers.
"Heavenly Father, we praise you and thank you for all you have done for us. We thank you especially for sending your son, Jesus Christ, on earth to visit and save us. We ask you to bless our families and all the members of the parish family, especially those who are suffering in any way. May your love be upon us as we place all our hope in you. May those in our parish whom you call to enter the priesthood and religious life have the generosity to follow your invitation so that those who need your help may always find it.
"We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen."
from the Priesthood Vocations webpages of
The Diocese of Cork & Ross (Ireland)