Those called to Holy Orders are appointed to feed the Church in Christ’s name with the Word and the grace of God. Priests are consecrated to preach the Gospel, shepherd the faithful in unity, and celebrate divine worship. Their most visible and important role is that of presiding at the Eucharist.
[Vatican II in Plain English: Constitution on the Church 2:11, 28]
A couple of thought-provoking facts from your pastor…
Here are some sources of information to help in your discernment of a vocation—to marriage, to the single life or to priesthood and religious life:
There are hundreds of books and websites about Catholics’ vocations, including a website for each of the religious orders, from the Augustinians to the Dominicans to the Jesuits and from the Paulists to the Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to the Xavierists.
If you are considering becoming a nun or a priest, you could also speak to one of the parish staff about his or her vocation.