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Missionaries of the Sacred Heart - Vocations

3. What does a Priest do?

Posted on 14. Feb, 2012

The priest is called to live out the mission of Jesus through teaching and spreading the Good News, acting as a shepherd for the community he serves and celebrating the sacraments.

The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God. The priest is not asked to be an expert in economics, construction or politics. He is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, Warsaw –

It is almost impossible to describe a typical day in the life of a priest. The role of a priest is to care for the community he serves and in responding to their needs every day is different. Some of the daily tasks of a priest include:

  • Welcome children into the Church through Baptism
  • Care for the elderly
  • Celebrating Mass in the parish
  • Visit schools
  • Prepare couples planning to get married
  • Spending time with those in need
  • Working with youth clubs in the community
  • Visit the sick in hospital
  • Organise retreats for adult faith formation
  • Get involved in local justice and peace issues
  • Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation



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