By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a common priesthood of believers. We are all called to participate in Christ’s mission. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops and priests are given a special role in carrying out this mission. They exercise a ministerial priesthood. Deacons also receive a special grace through ordination and are called to assist the ministry of bishops and priest. (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], nos. 1547, 1554). Pope Benedict XVI writes, “The priest is above all a servant of others”. In gathering the community, modeling Christ’s love for the poor, presiding at Eucharist, and evangelizing social realities, ordained ministers help Christians imitate Christ’s mission of love and justice.
If you are interested in becoming a Franciscan Friar please visit our Vocation Site and Online Resource: Discern the Call. If you are interested in general consecrated religious life as a religious brother, sister of priest please visit the National Religious Vocation Conference: Vocation Network. If you are interested in secular priesthood for the Diocese of Phoenix please visit their website: Vocation Office
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM