Year for Priests

June 19 2009 - June 19 2010

Archdiocese of Birmingham

 

Priesthood

Ordinations to the Priesthood during the Year for Priests






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The priest today is called to be ‘like Christ’. He is to make present once again Christ’s sacrifice through celebration of Mass. He is to be a minister of good news to the people he serves so that the liberating message of the gospel will affect every area of their lives and also the life of the wider community. He is to be a minister of joy and a visible sign of God’s love; and not just a sign, but a means by which the love of God is demonstrated in a real way in the lives of others, especially those in need. He will also be called to lay down aspects of his own life in imitation of Christ.


Clearly, to be an effective minister of God’s love and a shepherd to the people, the priest must love not only Christ, but also his Church. The Church is not simply an institution or building; rather it is the living Body of Christ – it is the People of God. The role of the priest is to lead that people and to be like Christ to them. In imitation of his master, the priest must remember that this is a leadership of service. Christ said that he came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28). The role of the priest is to minister to the members who make up the Church and who carry out its mission in the circumstances of their daily lives, according to their vocation and the gifts they have been given. In order to do this effectively he must have a genuine concern and love for them, remembering that whilst he has been called to a ministry of leadership in the community, he still remains very much a member of it. Like the Good Shepherd, he should have a great love for the sheep (John 10).

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