Vocation Quotes

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Bishop Francis Duffy 21 June 2015

This is a great time to be a Catholic priest, in Ireland. Every context presents opportunities as Pope Francis put it to ‘go out to the outskirts where there is suffering’. + Francis Duffy

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on priesthood | 3 June 2015

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 […]

Bishop Denis Nulty 11 November 2014

“Alongside priests promoting vocations to the priesthood is the essential presence of good men and women, especially parents, who believe firmly in the critical role which priests play in parish life.” – Bishop Denis Nulty Address at Lismullin Priests Seminar on 11 November 2014.

Pope Francis on Vocations

Pope Francis: Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community…. This is why Jesus said: “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest,” that is, God the Father, “to send out laborers […]

A vocations challenge from the new Bishop of Elphin

“For the moment, however, I want to offer you a challenge.  We have 100,000 parishioners (give or take); we have six deaneries.  Will you find one suitable candidate for priesthood in each deanery between now and Easter and invite him to contact me or one of the members of the vocations team.  Together, then, we […]

Archbishop Michael Neary

The priest today must be an agent of hope in what often might seem a hopeless situation. There are moments in the life of any transformative leader when hope is eclipsed by clouds of doubt – not about God, but about the people and above all about oneself. There are times when we feel like […]

Archbishop Michael Neary

The vocational call to priesthood is profoundly countercultural because the primary dominating voices today stress doing one’s own thing. We felt drawn to God. We are dependent on the support, encouragement and prayers of so many people on our journey … 8 June 2014

Bishop John McAreavey

“Always remember the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and to seek out and rescue those who were lost” – Bishop McAreavey 8 June 2014

Bishop Brendan Leahy

In a word, no matter what the situation is, God is calling us. Our part is to respond generously to that step he is inviting us to take at this stage of our lives. It’s important to listen to, and tune our lives according to, the inner voice of God speaking in our hearts. Bishop […]

Pope Francis Chrism Mass Homily 2014

On this Holy Thursday, I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call. – Pope Francis, Chrism Mass homily 2014. Click here to read the full text […]