For those who have chosen the ordained ministry, through sacramental ordination, they share in the priesthood of Christ in a special way.
Their very beings are changed so that they can represent Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, for God’s people and Christ as the Head of the Church.
They not only offer their own lives to the Father, as all Christians do, but they also stand before the Church and minister to the faithful as another Christ.
Therefore, when they teach with the authority of the Church, Christ teaches; when they absolve sins in the sacrament of Reconciliation, then Christ forgives; when they offer the Sacrifice of the Mass then Christ offers that Sacrifice; when they love, support and care for God’s people entrusted to their care, then Christ is present with his people.
To find out more about the priesthood or to explore the idea of a vocation to the priesthood, please contact:
Fr Michael Deas, Vocations Promoter
St Augustine’s Presbytery
Lower Chatham Street, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BY
Tel: 0161 670 5110
Fr Mark Paver, Vocations Director
St Luke’s Presbytery
Swinton Park Road
Irlams o’th’height, M6 7WR
Tel 0161 736 2696