Priesthood in the 21st Century?
"On the other hand, it is a time when, increasingly, people are looking for a deeper meaning and purpose in their lives.... Without realizing it, Western society is searching for its soul.... It may not be an easy time to be a priest, but it is certainly a great time to consider it.
"To be a priest, diocesan or missionary, is to be a spiritual leader in the community of faith. A priest gathers the people around the table of the Lord. He opens the Word of God to people. He is called upon, sometimes on the same day, to comfort the dying and to share in the joy of the newly married.
"It is a varied and challenging way of life. It can sometimes be difficult, but in his work with people, a priest is often touched by the mystery and the presence of God."
from the website of the Diocese of Down & Connor (Ireland)