Everyone has a vocation.
At our baptism we were called to be holy. God wants everyone to be with Him forever in heaven.
For many, the path to holiness and heaven is through the vocation of marriage. But some discover that the Lord may be calling them to the priesthood – to follow Jesus radically and completely forever.
If this is stirring in your heart, the first person to talk to is your parish priest. Then reach out to the director of vocations for the Archdiocese of New York, Fr. Christopher Argano. Through events and retreats, we will seek, alongside you, to understand the will of God in your life.
What do priests do?
Individual priests have a very wide variety of tasks within the Church. There are many specialized ministries such as being a chaplain, working at the diocesan offices, or teaching in a seminary. But the majority of priests serve in parishes. Their duties include:
- celebrate Mass and preach the Gospel
- lead a parish of Catholic Christians
- bring new members into the Church through baptism
- hear confessions and provide spiritual direction
- help teens and young adults come to know Christ
- prepare couples for marriage and counsel married couples
- teach people how to pray
- feed the poor, visit prisons, and advocate for justice
- counsel people going through difficult times
- visit the sick in hospitals and anoint them for healing
- perform funerals and bury the dead
- manage the temporal affairs of the parish
- pray daily for the People of God