Heed the Call

“Come follow me.”

Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee.

He saw two brothers,…. Peter and Andrew,…. they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him (Mt.4:18-20).

The Call of God for all the Baptized
At the core of each person is a call or vocation. It is a call to holiness, to become a living response to God’s love in a unique way.

Call to Priesthood
Jesus still calls men to be priests just as He called the apostles. This vocation is a call to share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ so that his unique saving mission may continue through pastoral service, proclamation of the Word and a celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Signs of a Vocation to the Priesthood

Sense of a spiritual call by God to serve His people as a priest. This spiritual call is experienced by a recurring thought; a growing attraction to the priesthood; a growing sense that one would find fulfillment by serving God as a priest.

Love of God that manifests itself in a desire to give one’s life in service to God’s people.

Love of the Church and her Traditions and a desire to celebrate the sacraments for God’s people.

Love of God’s word and a desire to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to God’s people.

Desire to serve the people of God as a servant-leader; after the example of Jesus, “who came not to be served but to serve.”

A heart that can listen to others and a desire to be the compassionate, healing presence of Jesus to God’s people.

Desire to deepen one’s relationship with God through daily prayer. Liturgical, communal and private prayer sustain the priest to grow in his love and dedication to Jesus Christ.

Generosity with one’s time, talents and gifts. Priests are called to generously give of themselves for the good of the Church. Priests are called to be a “person for others.”

Christ leads; we follow. Discover some signs of His call and the appropriate steps you can take to follow His call.

If you are interested in more information on Vocations in the Diocesan Priesthood through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit the Heed the Call website at www.heedthecall.org or click here.