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by armaghpriest.com on January 1st, 2017

​“God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts.”

If the Spirit of Jesus is prompting you to love and serve Him as a priest, visit ​http://www.armaghpriest.com/contact.htm

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by armaghpriest.com on December 18th, 2016

​“When Joseph awoke he did as the angel of the Lord directed him.”

Are you prayerfully vigilant about discovering your vocation in Christ? Might He be inviting you to the priesthood? 

​​If you are considering a vocation to the priesthood we can help! Visit ​http://www.armaghpriest.com/contact.htm

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by armaghpriest.com on December 11th, 2016

​“I send my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way before you.”

Are you called to be sent by Jesus as a priest?

​If you are considering a vocation to the priesthood we can help!

Visit ​http://www.armaghpriest.com/contact.htm






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by armaghpriest.com on December 4th, 2016

​Are you called to be “A herald’s voice in the desert” preparing the way of the Lord in the hearts of His people?

If you are considering a vocation to the priesthood we can help!

Visit ​http://www.armaghpriest.com/contact.htm

by armaghpriest.com on November 27th, 2016

​“They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks….”

Is God calling you to serve the Lord of the harvest as a priest?

if so, we can help! Visit ​http://www.armaghpriest.com/contact.htm

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by armaghpriest.com on November 20th, 2016

A prayer for this final week in Ordinary Time:

​That Christ the King, who has brought peace through the blood of His cross, will choose many men and women from our midst to preach redemption by the forgiveness of sins as priests, deacons and in the consecrated life, we pray to the Lord. 

​(Text of prayer from Diocese of Arlington; Image from ​http://gospelchurch.org.au/tag/prophet-priest-and-king/)

by armaghpriest.com on November 13th, 2016

A prayer for this 33rd Week in Ordinary Time:

That prayer, hard work and generous service will prepare many young men and women to answer the Lord’s call to follow Him as priests, deacons and in the consecrated life. Lord, hear us...



(Text of prayer from Diocese of Arlington; Image from ​https://www.hasinternational.nl/preparation

by armaghpriest.com on November 6th, 2016

A prayer for this 32nd Week in Ordinary Time:​

That those who live in celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of God as priests, deacons, sisters and
brothers, will be blessed on earth for their witness to the resurrection of the body in the life to come, we pray to the Lord...




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by armaghpriest.com on November 2nd, 2016

So you think you might be called to be a priest?
With thanks to our friends at www.dcpriest.org, here are some steps you could take:

* Stay close to the Sacraments. Participate in Mass every Sunday, and daily when possible. Confess your sins to a priest regularly - at least once a month.

* Get a Spiritual Director. Ask a priest to meet with you once a month to discuss your spiritual life.

* Pray every day. With the help of your spiritual director, develop a daily prayer routine.

* Do some spiritual reading daily. Good resources can be found here :  http://www.armaghpriest.com/things-to-help-you-discern.htm

* Stay close to Our Lady. The Blessed Virgin Mary will not let you down!

* Serve your parish. Seek opportunities to get involved in parish life.



by armaghpriest.com on October 31st, 2016

Here are some signs:
  • Personal relationship with God in prayer
  • Thirst for a deeper knowledge of the faith
  • Devotion to the Holy Eucharist
  • Generosity and concern for others
  • Desire to live a good and holy life
  • Love for the Catholic Church and her teachings
  • Capacity for friendship
  • Openness to different ethnicities and cultures
  • Love for the poor and the defenseless
  • Capacity and desire for spiritual fatherhood
  • Courage and willingness to voice an unpopular view in the name of Christ
  • Healthy self-image
  • Normal social skills

These are just some of the signs that may be apparent to you - and don't worry if you don't have them all! If you feel the Lord is calling you to priesthood, why not contact your local priest or contact our vocations director? Contact details are here: 
http://www.armaghpriest.com/contact.htm.

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by armaghpriest.com on October 31st, 2016

A prayer for the week ahead for vocations to the priesthood:


That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in all those chosen to follow Him as priests, deacons or in the consecrated life and that they in turn will be glorified for their faithfulness to His call, we pray to the Lord...





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by armaghpriest.com on October 24th, 2016

Pope Francis has said vocations are best generated by pastorally minded priests living in the real world while begging bishops to carefully vet who they ordain.

Speaking at a Vatican conference today, Francis told an audience of cardinals, bishops and vocation experts to re-think their vocations ministry so it did not simply become a bureaucratic pastoral programme.

The Pope told the gathering that their work involves “going out” and listening to people: he pointed out that his own vocation was not the result of a “nice theory” but having experienced the “merciful gaze of Jesus over me.”

In order for this to happen, Francis explained, the Church should stop reducing Catholicism to a “recipe of rules” while clergy needed to break out of their closed worlds.  

“It's sad when a priest lives only for himself, enclosed in the safe fortress of the rectory, the sacristy or among a restricted group of loyal followers,” the Pope told the International Conference on Vocations, organised by the Congregation for Clergy. “On the contrary, we are called to be shepherds among the people, capable of showing pastoral care and taking the time to welcome and listen to everyone, especially young people.”

Francis stressed that the world needs “mature and balanced” priests and appealed to bishops to be vigilant when vetting candidates for ordained ministry.

“When it comes to vocations to the priesthood and those entering the seminary, I beg you to discern the truth, to have a shrewd and cautious look,” Francis explained. “I say this especially to brother bishops: vigilance and prudence.”

The Pope has told bishops in the past that it is better to focus on “quality” rather than “quantity” of vocations and wants to ensure seminaries offer rigorous training of priests

To that end he has appointed Mexican Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong as Secretary for Seminaries at the Congregation for Clergy who is preparing a major document on priestly formation.

The conference took as it’s theme the Pope’s own episcopal motto “Miserando atque eligendo”: this translates as “by having mercy and by choosing” and is taken from a homily on the call of Matthew by English saint, the Venerable Bede.

Francis said that Jesus “does not do long speeches” or “offer ready made answers” but, as he showed with Matthew the tax collector, simply says: "follow me.”

(This article first appeared here: http://www.lastampa.it/2016/10/21/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/priests-must-leave-their-fortresses-says-francis-PtKcndsyE6QmNsMVzeOfEL/pagina.html)

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by armaghpriest.com on October 23rd, 2016

​A prayer for the 30th week in Ordinary Time:

That all men and women chosen to fight the good fight of proclaiming faith in Jesus Christ as priests,
deacons, religious sisters and brothers, will find encouragement in our prayers and support.





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by armaghpriest.com on October 16th, 2016



A prayer for the 29th week in Ordinary Time:

For perseverence in sincere prayer on the part of the faithful, asking the Lord of the Harvest for holy
vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Lord, hear us...





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by armaghpriest.com on October 9th, 2016

​A prayer for the 28th Week in Ordinary Time:

That those discerning the call to priesthood may continuously return to the Lord in gratitude and in prayer. Lord, hear us...

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by armaghpriest.com on October 2nd, 2016

​A prayer for the 27th Week in Ordinary Time:

That by the power of the Holy Spirit , every man called to the priesthood will guard the treasure of his unique vocation in Christ and fan into flame his love for Christ. Lord, hear us...

(Text courtesy of the Diocese of Arlington)
 

by armaghpriest.com on September 25th, 2016

​A prayer for the 26th Week in Ordinary Time:

That the pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness will mark the lives of all those discerning our Heavenly Father’s will, especially those considering a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.

by armaghpriest.com on September 18th, 2016

In an address to new bishops (September 2016), Pope Francis spoke specifically about candidates for the priesthood.

He said:

“I urge you to take special care of the structures of initiation of your Churches, especially the seminaries. Do not allow yourselves to be tempted by numbers, by the quantity of vocations. Seek instead the quality of the discipleship. Do not deprive seminarians of your firm and loving fatherly touch. Let them grow until they are free to be with God “as calm and peaceful as a child weaning in its mother’s arm”, not prisoners of their own whims, overcome by fragility but free to embrace all that God asks of them, even when this is not as pleasant as the maternal womb was at the start. Beware also of seminarians who retreat into a rigid way of thinking – there is always something ugly beneath the surface”.

Read more at http://www.lastampa.it/2016/09/16/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/the-world-is-tired-of-dishonest-charmers-fashionable-priests-and-leaders-of-pointless-crusades-kZjBnT5ZFJA8OyEgey6vjN/pagina.html

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by armaghpriest.com on September 18th, 2016

A prayer for the 25th Week in Ordinary Time:

For all those discerning the call to priesthood and religious life, especially our seminarians as they begin another year of formation: that they may grow to serve the Lord alone...



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by armaghpriest.com on September 11th, 2016

A prayer for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For the holiness of all those called to be examples to those who would come to believe in Christ for eternal life as priests, deacons and consecrated men and women





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