The diocesan priest is called to serve the people of God,
 to bring them Christ’s healing love through prayer,
 the sacraments and by proclaiming the Word of God.
 He also has the great joy and privilege of making Christ present in the Eucharist. 
Usually he will do all this in a parish - the local Catholic community.

Father John Bosco Bukomba - Apostle of Jesus

St Teresa of Avila once said:

 “Christ has no body now but yours no hands, no feet on earth but yours.”

 That sums up the calling of priests, to be at all times,

 another Christ – ‘ alter Christus’.

Priesthood is demanding - to quote the late Cardinal Hume,

 no one can ever be truly worthy to be  a priest. 

But the good news is that priesthood is not a human decision. 

It’s a calling from God, who gives His strength and grace

 to those who serve him. 

No priest can act fully for Christ without being sustained by 

his own prayer-relationship with God, 

rooted in sacrament and scripture.

 A Priest: today’s shepherd and fisherman - teaching,

 sanctifying and guiding the People of God

 through a life of ministerial service and leadership.

 Maybe you are being called?

Whether you're exploring your calling

 or just want more information about the priesthood, 

find out more at 

- the offical website for diocesan priesthood in England and Wales 

Every year, on the feast of

The Sacred heart of Jesus,

the Church celebrates the World Day of prayer for priests.


We keep them in our prayers

  Prayer for Our Priests

Heavenly Father, grant that our priests be strengthened and healed by the power of the Eucharist they celebrate.

May the Word they proclaim give them courage and wisdom.

We pray that all those whom they seek to serve may see in them 

the love and care of Jesus, our Eternal High priest, who is Lord

for ever and ever. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church look tenderly upon your sons, our priests.

Joseph, patron of the Universal Church pray for us all.