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Vocations to Priesthood

Since the foundation of the Church, Our Lord Jesus has been calling men to serve the Church as his priests. A priest of Jesus Christ is a shepherd of souls, a teacher of the Word of God and a minister of God’s grace through the sacraments. Priests, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, “are signed with a special character and so are configured to Christ the priest in such a way that they are able to act in the person of Christ the head” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1563).

If you think that you may be called to the priesthood, and wish to know how you might respond to this call, please make contact with the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Cloyne at the telephone number, or email address, below. All communication will be held in strict confidence.

Vocations Director:
V. Rev. John McCarthy SP
Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.

Tel: 086 8212101


Prayer for Priestly Vocations
Lord our God,
you renew the Church in every age by raising up holy priests
to teach and sanctify your people.
Fill the hearts of young men with faith and courage,
that they may answer your call generously.
Give parents the grace to encourage vocations in their family
by prayer and good example.
Raise up, in this Diocese of Cloyne, worthy priests for your Altars
and ardent servants of the Gospel.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Paidir do Ghairmeacha don Sagartóireacht
A Thiarna Dia,
Cothaíonn tú do d’Eaglais i gcónaí
trí shagairt naofa a thabhairt dod’ phobal
chun iad a theagasc agus a naomhú.
Líon fir óga le creideamh agus le misneach,
chun go bhfregaireoidís do ghlaoch go croíúil.
Dáil grásta ar thuismitheoirí
ionas go spreagfaidís gairmeacha ina dteaghlaigh
le h-urnaí agus le dea-shampla.
Bronn orainn, i nDeoise Chluain Uamha,
sagairt ar bhfiú d’Altóir naofa iad,
agus a freastalóidh go díograsach ar do Shoiscéal.
Sin é ár nguí chugat trí Chríost ár dTiarna. Amen.

Sample Prayers of the Faithful for Vocations to the Priesthood

We pray for vocations to the priesthood in our diocese, that those whom the Lord is calling may answer generously. Lord, hear us.

For the men God is calling to serve Him as priests in our diocese. That they and their families may be open to His plan and generous in their response. Lord, hear us.

That God may raise up young men from our parish to serve in the priesthood, and that they may answer His call. Lord, hear us.

That the homes of our parish may be places where vocations to the Priesthood are fostered and encouraged. Lord, hear us.


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