Becoming a Priest
The Catholic Priesthood is second of the three ordained ministries of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The others are Diaconate and Episcopate. All three Orders are reserved by the Church exclusively for men.
The Order of Priesthood gives to the man ordained the office of offering the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist and of forgiving sins in the sacrament of Reconciliation. In and through the exercise of these ministries the ordained priest is further charged with celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Matrimony and Anointing of the Sick.
Priesthood also embraces the exercise of spiritual leadership, the teaching of faith and morals, formation of lay leaders and whatever other duties are deemed necessary by his Bishop or Religious Superior.
Ordination to the Priesthood requires holiness of life, moral integrity and celibacy.
You may also be interested in our Catholic Priesthood website.