The Priesthood is central to the Church; through His priests, Christ bestows grace upon His people, He sacrifices Himself daily for us, and people are brought to the faith all over the world.
Priests represent Christ's presence on earth, and they play a vital role in the lives of Catholics. There are three types of Catholic priests: diocesan priests, oratorians, and monastics. A priest's main roles include celebrating Holy Mass, administering the Sacraments, and acting as a spiritual father to the lay population in his locality.
Becoming a Priest
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You become a candidate and will spend a set amount of time performing extra duties and pastoral work in your church and in the community. This can also be done at your university Chaplaincy.
The diocese sends you to seminary, where you will spend around 7 years studying and training.
As the final stage of your seminary training, you will spend a year as a deacon, and then be ordained.
Approximately 7 years after you have entered seminary, the Bishop makes the final decision about your suitability for the role.