What is the Priesthood?

"THE PRIESTHOOD IS THE HEART OF THE LOVE OF JESUS"

ST. JOHN MARIE VIANNEY

"Through the sacrament of Holy Orders priests share in the universal dimensions of the mission that Christ entrusted to the apostles. the spiritual gift they have received in ordination prepares them, not for a limited and restricted mission, "but for the fullest, in fact the universal mission of salvation 'to the end of the earth,"' "prepared in spirit to preach the Gospel everywhere."

"It is in the Eucharistic cult or in the Eucharistic assembly of the faithful (synaxis) that they exercise in a supreme degree their sacred office; there, acting in the person of Christ and proclaiming his mystery, they unite the votive offerings of the faithful to the sacrifice of Christ their head, and in the sacrifice of the Mass they make present again and apply, until the coming of the Lord, the unique sacrifice of the New Testament, that namely of Christ offering himself once for all a spotless victim to the Father." From this unique sacrifice their whole priestly ministry draws its strength." (CCC 1565-1566)

Diocesan Priesthood

THE MODEL OF ALL PARISH PRIESTS - SAINT JOHN MARIE VIANNEY

A PRIEST IS A MAN OF PRAYER
A man called to the priesthood must be rooted in a life of prayer. Each day in the life of a priest is centered on prayer. Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, praying the Divine Office, contemplation of Sacred Scripture, and a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament are all part of the life of prayer necessary in the life of a priest.

A PRIEST IS A MAN OF SERVICE
Ordained in the person of Jesus Christ the head, a priest must then act in the person of Christ the head. At the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of the apostles. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. A priest is the servant of God, ordered to serve God's people at all times, in Word and Sacrament.

A PRIEST IS A MAN OF SACRIFICE
A priest is ordained to offer sacrifice, primarily at the Altar. A man called to priesthood should be one who understands sacrifice and lives that out everyday. Self giving, generous, and humble of heart should define a man of sacrifice.

A PRIEST IS A MAN OF MISSION
A priest is sent to preach the Gospel, in and out of season. A priest is sent to baptize all nations, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. A priest is a man called to go out to the peripheries of society and to walk with the people of God. Each man called to priesthood should have a zeal of mission in their heart.

"Show me the way to Ars, and I will show you the way to heaven"
Saint John Marie Vianney

How do I figure out if I am called?

Seminary Life

DAY IN THE LIFE

Follow a seminarian for a day to learn what it is like to live in a seminary community as you continue to discern God's call.

Click on the door to the right to watch a video of a day in the life of a seminarian. Video is courtesy of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Rev. Mr. Matthew Niggemeyer




4 PILLARS OF FORMATION

Spiritual: " “For every priest his spiritual formation is the core which unifies and gives life to his being a priest and his acting as a priest” Pastores Dabo Vobis 45

"Those who aspire to be sent on mission, as the apostles were, must first acquire the listening and learning heart of disciples." Program for Priestly Formation 107

"To live in intimate and unceasing union with God the Father through his Son Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit is far more than a personal or individual relationship with the Lord; it is also a communion with the Church, which is his body... their spirituality draws them into the priestly, self-sacrificial path of Jesus. He is the one whose service finds its high point in giving his life as a ransom for the many. He is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep 'so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.' He is the bridegroom who loves his bride, the Church, and handed himself over for her'." Program for Priestly Formation 108-109

Academic: “Intellectual formation . . . is a fundamental demand of man’s intelligence by which he ‘participates in the light of God’s mind’ and seeks to acquire a wisdom which in turn opens to and is directed towards knowing and adhering to God” Pastores dabo vobis 51, citing Gaudium et spes 15

"The basic principle of intellectual formation for priesthood candidates is noted in Pastores dabo vobis, no. 51: “For the salvation of their brothers and sisters, they should seek an ever deeper knowledge of the divine mysteries.” Program for Priestly Formation 137

"The overall goal of every stage of seminary formation is to prepare a candidate who is widely knowledgeable about the human condition, deeply engaged in a process of understanding divine revelation, and adequately skilled in communicating his knowledge to as many people as possible. Moreover, continuing education after ordination is a necessity for effective ministry" Program for Priestly Formation 138

Human: "The foundation and center of all human formation is Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. In his fully developed humanity, he was truly free and with complete freedom gave himself totally for the salvation of the world." Program for Priestly Formation 74

"...the human personality of the priest is to be a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ the Redeemer of the human race." Pastores Dabo Vobis 43

"In general, human formation happens in a three-fold process of self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and self-gift—and all of this in faith." Program for Priestly Formation 80


Pastoral: "The basic principle of pastoral formation is enunciated in Pastores dabo vobis, no. 57, in its citation of Optatam totius, no. 4: “The whole training of the students should have as its object to make them true shepherds of souls after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, teacher, priest, and shepherd.” To be a true “shepherd of souls” means standing with and for Christ in the community, the Christ who teaches and sanctifies and guides or leads the community." Program for Priestly Formation 238