Priesthood

Prayer For Vocations

Heavenly Father, Bless your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers, and sisters. Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require. Form us all in the likeness of Your Son, so that in Him, with Him, and through Him, we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Diaconal Ministry


When a man is studying for the priesthood, one of the final steps is to be ordained a deacon. Deacon, along with priest and bishop, constitute the three orders in the sacrament of Holy Orders. The ordained ministry of the diaconate finds its scriptural foundation in the Acts of the Apostles 6:1-6. There were some within the community of the early Church that were being neglected, so the apostles chose seven men to ensure that the needs of all were met. The apostles laid hands on the chosen men and ordained them for the sacred task of doing works of … Continue reading Diaconal Ministry

Bishop Callahan’s Homily from Diaconate Ordination


I thank you for gathering to share in our joy as Kyle and Barry—your sons, brothers, and friends—are advanced to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate. This is a wonderful moment in their lives and in the life of our beloved Diocese, as they are ordained into Holy Orders. While it is true that their eyes look to the Priesthood, there is a singular value and a genuine wisdom to this moment, which in itself has a permanent effect in both their lives. In addition to their families, I am honored to welcome our dear brother priests from Saint Francis … Continue reading Bishop Callahan’s Homily from Diaconate Ordination

Ordained To Serve


17 years ago, on May 13, 2000, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I was ordained to the Order of Transitional Deacon.  My parish pastor, Fr. John Parr, very generously gave me a print of Ford Madox Brown’s powerful painting, Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet, a gift I have treasured.  The painting is based upon the Gospel of John, verses 13:1-15, when, Jesus, “rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them … Continue reading Ordained To Serve

Catholic Life Stories

  • Called to be a parish priest

    Father Eugene Wolf reflects on what parish life meant to him When Bishop John Treacy placed his hands on me on May 25, 1963, I bowed my head and reflected on the long road to that moment and consented—this is what God wants me to be. I can say, as a parish priest, I’ve never […]

  • Thinking of the priesthood? Start praying.

    The men who are considering entering seminary, along with the seminarians who are currently in studies for the priesthood, are all asking the same basic questions: “Lord, what do you want me to do?” “Do you want me to be a priest?” The asking of these questions is the basis for what is called “discernment,” […]

  • Seminary is like dating

    Going to seminary does not automatically mean becoming a priest A typical conversation I might have with a young man as he first starts his discernment might go a little something like this: “I see you have the qualities that would make for a good priest — intelligent, relatable, concern for the well-being of other […]

  • You are a priest forever!

    An account of the last chapter in a priest’s life As a priest, we promise obedience and fidelity to the bishop and the church. Father Al Jakubowski couldn’t plan his own life or know the impact he would make, just that he was called to live as Christ for others. Father Al was ordained on […]

  • The Renaissance priest

    Father Berns returns to his family farm whenever he gets the opportunity. He enjoys spending time with his parishioners at parish events, working on his cabin, riding his motorcycle and tending to his homing pigeons. Our Lady of Peace Parish in Marshfield Father Berns from Our Lady of Peace Parish finds solitude on his family […]