Life as a Diocesan Priest

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A diocesan priest is ordained to provide pastoral services, proclaim God's Word, and be the minister of the Sacraments. The Eucharist is the center of a priest's life and ministry.

A priest baptizes babies and adults, witnesses marriages, and presides at funerals. He brings God's healing presence to people through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Diocesan priests are involved in a variety of other works as well, most often related to the life of the parish community.

A diocesan priest commits himself to a celibate life, with respect and obedience to the Bishop.

It is said that a diocesan priest "is someone who lives with the people and each become a part of the other's life." The role of a diocesan priest is to serve the individuals and families within his parish - he is the spiritual leader of that community and is closely connected with it.

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