A priest is called to be a man of God, leading people to know and love Jesus Christ and transforming the world by bringing heaven to life on earth.
It is said that a diocesan priest is someone who lives with the people and each becomes a part of the other’s life. Diocesan priests work and serve within parish communities that are part of a diocese. They serve individuals and families within our parishes and are the spiritual leaders of our communities.
The Diocese of Wollongong is rapidly growing: we now have a Catholic population of more than 200,000 in 31 parishes with 43 schools across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Macarthur and the Southern Highlands.
Deciding on a priestly vocation is, in one sense, a career choice like any other. Skills and attributes include:
At the deepest level priesthood is about union with Jesus Christ: the goal is to become more and more like him. Being a priest is more than a job - it’s a way of life, requiring strong personal and professional commitment that is reflected in all that you do, all that you are. The opportunity to serve God and bring hope, joy and healing into the lives of many people brings with it a deep happiness and a sense of peace.
A diocesan priest commits himself to a celibate life, and gives respect and obedience as he collaborates with his bishop. Celibacy reflects the selflessness of Jesus and is a sign of the ultimate call to union with God. These commitments are a reflection of God’s enduring faithfulness to us.
Jesus in the Eucharist is the centre of a priest’s life and ministry; we serve God and others through:
Please note, that if you are not an Australian citizen, we strongly encourage you to first consider a vocation within your own country so that you can remain strongly connected to your own culture, family and the support that friends and local community can provide in fostering a vocation.
It is very rare for our Diocese to accept vocations from other countries. When we do, it is because there is an existing community from a particular country or culture present in our Diocese so that the potential seminarian or priest may be supported and will have a place to minister and serve. Read our Policy in the next section.