What does a priest do?

The ministry of every priest is different, and there is a great variety to priestly life. Some work in parishes, schools, hospitals, prisons or in the armed forces.

Whatever his surroundings, a priest celebrates Mass and the other sacraments, he leads people in prayer, he teaches them about God, he offers support and guidance in daily life.

Most priests lead very happy and fulfilled lives. They meet great numbers of people and are often welcomed as a member of the family, they find happiness as they offer a unique source of help to those in need, and they live the life for which God created them. To find your true vocation is to find happiness. If God has created you to be a priest, you will never be truly happy doing anything else!

The priesthood is not a job. It is a way of life, a vocation from God which demands real commitment to follow His call, just as the first disciples had to leave everything and follow Jesus.

What does a priest do?

Priests do far more than celebrate Mass and pray all day.  The life of a priest is busy, demanding, challenging and incredibly rewarding.  Individual priests have a huge variety of tasks within the Church.  Most priests minister in the parish environment, but from time to time the Bishop appoints priests to specialise in different ministries, working in chaplaincies, armed forces, missionary work and much more. Over the coming months we will hear from our priests experiences of ministering in this way.