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The Gift of the Priestly Vocation

Posted on 31. Jan, 2015 in Carousel

Pope Francis with lambFor information about vocations to the Priesthood in Ireland, including contact details for the vocations directors of the Irish dioceses, see the Diocesan Vocations Ireland website by clicking here.

‘This I ask you: be shepherds, with the “odour of the sheep”, make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men. True enough, the so-called crisis of priestly identity threatens us all and adds to the broader cultural crisis; but if we can resist its onslaught, we will be able to put out in the name of the Lord and cast our nets. It is not a bad thing that reality itself forces us to “put out into the deep”, where what we are by grace is clearly seen as pure grace, out into the deep of the contemporary world, where the only thing that counts is “unction” – not function – and the nets which overflow with fish are those cast solely in the name of the One in whom we have put our trust: Jesus.’ – Pope Francis, Homily at the Chrism Mass, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Holy Thursday, 28th March 2013.

Video of four Irish College Rome seminarians telling their vocation stories to Fr Ruairí Ó Dómhnaill, produced by iCatholic:


For a video clip of Bishop Donal McKeown reflecting on the importance of prayer for vocations, click here.

For vocations pastoral letter of Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin with video, click here.

Vocations video clip by the Diocese of Limerick – click here.

Vocations website of the Archdiocese of Armagh – click here.

Vocations website of the Diocese of Down and Connor – click here.


For a video interview about Priesthood with Fr Michael Shields by Worldpriest supported by Aid to the Church in Need, click here.