We talk of a crisis in vocations.  How do we say to a young man in today’s world that being a priest is a worthwhile vocation that it is worth the effort of renouncing many aspects of life and giving oneself totally to the Lord?  One answer is visible here in the faces and in the ministry of the priests of this diocese. We are blessed with good priests. The Lord knows their hearts and he knows the hearts that they have quietly touched during the course of their ministry.  There is nothing so wonderful as to talk to others about what Jesus means to us and to lead others to the joy that the Gospel can bring to their lives.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

3 June 2015