PRIESTHOOD

The role of a priest is to make Christ present to people in all situations of life. At birth, through life and at death; priests make Christ a reality for the Church through the Sacraments. Priests can help people make sense of life in every setting of life. Whether it’s in a church, on a battlefield, in a hospital, at school; the ministry of the priest is to bring Christ’s love, healing and forgiveness alive and tangible for us.

Living a Priestly Vocation

Today there is a strong awareness that people everywhere long to have spiritual nourishment. The Catholic Community itself also needs to be fed with the Body and Blood of Christ. The priest of the future will continue that tradition of assisting people to develop their spirituality. The future priest will also need to explore ways of helping people make spiritual sense of their lives in a dynamic and changing world. Before doing these things, priests are students of prayer themselves. A priest develops his personal relationship with God, to learn the ways of God and to lead others on those paths.

How do I discern?

In the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Vocation Brisbane handles the discernment process for young men considering the priesthood up to entering the seminary.

Please contact our office on 1300 133 544 to or email vocation@bne.catholic.net.au to set up an appointment with our Vocations Director.


Diaconate

The Deacon is an ordained minister of the Church with specific functions and duties. His ordination is the sign of his commitment to Christ and to the Church community. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Deacon receives the sacramental grace to fulfil his servant role. Although his strength comes from the altar, he is sent as a servant to a world in need. Bringing Jesus to the world, he enriches it by his presence and his charisms. One with Christ, he shares this relationship with family, co-workers, and the community. In his ministry of liturgy, word, and service, the Deacon presents to the world a new challenge and a new hope.

Living as a Deacon

The term "Deacon" means "servant".  This service takes the form of assisting the Bishop and the Priest, but is also directed to the deacon's own brothers and sisters and the whole Church. Deacons can baptize, witness marriages, perform funeral and burial services outside of Mass, distribute Holy Communion, preach the homily (which is the sermon given after the Gospel at Mass), and are obligated to pray the Divine Office (Breviary) each day.

How do I discern?

There is an active Permanent Diaconate program within the Archdiocese of Brisbane.  To inquire about the discernment process please contact the Vocation Brisbane office to schedule in a meeting to the Permanent Diaconate program.