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Every aspect of the life of the priest must reflect the deep meaning of his vocation, which is to serve with love” – Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Priests have a critical mission: to bring people to Jesus and Jesus to people.  They are spiritual fathers to thousands of Catholics. They preach the Gospel and offer the sacrifice of the Mass.  In short, priests are living witnesses of Christ in the world—men of strong character who stand out in our secular culture.

The life of a priest is busy, demanding, challenging—and incredibly rewarding.  The vast majority of priests live happy, fulfilling lives. They love the people they serve, and in turn, are loved by their parishioners.

“My desire for a wife and children is so strong, I don’t think I can be celibate.” Join the club! Even Pope Francis felt that way when he was a young man. But with God’s grace, anything is possible! Don’t let fear of celibacy prevent you from exploring a call to the priesthood.

Springfield Vocations News

2016 Ministry of Reader

Congratulations to Michael Hanna and Dennis Skowera, Second Theology at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, who received the Ministry of Reader from Most Rev. Robert Evans, auxiliary bishop of Providence, Rhode Island. [gallery columns="2" size="large"...

2015 Candidacy

On Trinity Sunday (May 31) 2015, 4 men were received to Candidacy for the priesthood. Here are pictures from the Candidacy, followed by the text of the homily by Bishop Rozanski. [gallery size="medium"...

2014 Diaconate Ordination

Ryan Sliwa was ordained a deacon on November 29, 2014. Read more about his ordination here. You can also read the Bishop’s homily here.

2014 Priesthood Ordination

Images from the prayer vigil and Ordination: [gallery size="medium"...

Michael Kokaska Ordained to the Diaconate

Congratulations to Deacon Michael Kokaska, who was ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 27, 2017!

Bishop Rozanski – Easter Sunday Homily – April 16, 2017

St. Michael Cathedral Acts: 34a, 37-43 Psalm 118 Colossians 3: 1-4 John 20: 1-9 We greet this Easter Day with the bright promise of new life. Where just a few weeks ago a snow storm reminded us that winter does not give up easily, we now can behold buds on the...

Get to Know Fathers Fedoryshyn and Lawlor

Watch interviews with our Newly Ordained priests from before their ordination (when they were deacons): Fr. Christopher Fedoryshyn Fr. Frank Lawlor

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Could God be calling you to be a priest?

God made you for a unique purpose.  Even before you were born, he knew your vocation, your mission in life. And if you are a faithful Catholic man, God may be calling you for a higher purpose—to become a Catholic priest.