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Catholic priests and seminarians talk about the priesthood and about priests who have helped and inspired them in their vocation. Music by Mike Mangione. These Men for Others include St John of the Cross, St Louis Grignon de Montfort, St Maximilian Kolbe, St John Paul II, Blessed Rupert Mayer SJ, Cardinal Otunga, Pater František Paňák SJ, Père Maurice Bellière and Fr Michael Hollings. The miraculous image is of the Turin Shroud - the Holy Face of Jesus. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is...



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Father Greg Morgan, from the archdiocese of Sydney, Australia: "One night I decided I would go and kneel down right in front of the Blessed Sacrament and I simply asked God if He wanted me to be a priest, but without holding anything back for myself for the first time, I just wanted to listen. And at that moment I had a very special experience. It's not for want of saying that Our Lord appeared to me or Our Lady appeared to me in a vision and said I was going to be a priest. It was in some...
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Évêque Elias Sleman, de la Vallée des Chrétiens en Syrie (in French): "Il y avait un prêtre qui vivait une vie de sainteté, le curé du village. À l'âge de dix ans, j'ai dit à mes parents 'Je veux devenir prêtre comme ce prêtre.' Et par conséquent, j'ai été au Liban dans le seminaire patriarcal maronite où j'ai été à l'âge de dix ans. Bien sûr j'ai souffert parce que j'étais enfant séparé de sa famille, dans un autre pays, tout ça c'est difficile. J'ai eu beaucoup...
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Bishop Elias Sleman, from the Valley of Christians in Syria, in Arabic: "..." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Saint John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Father Matthew Devereux, from New Zealand, is a Legionary of Christ priest: "It would have been much more difficult for me to have discovered my priestly vocation if it had not been for the example that I was given by someone else, and that someone else was my elder brother. And so what amazes me is that, when someone is generous and open to the will of God in their life, then they may not only themselves undergo a conversion and receive a total transformation of the heart but that many...
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Father Christian Irdi, from Australia, speaks about how central Our Lady has been in his vocation story: "The one constant was that prayer of the rosary and my love and devotion of Our Lady, and also of the Mass too. It was in and through that prayer that I began to hear the Lord's call, it was a delicate tug at one's heart's strings, I guess you could describe it as, and an attraction towards the priestly life, which made me eventually leave the legal practice. I worked as a lawyer for a...
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Father Eduardo Howard, from Chile, gives his vocation story, reflecting: "Now when I think what happened, I think that I didn't have any idea what to be a priest was, I didn't have any idea what vocation was. I just did what I thought God was asking me. Afterwards I was learning more, maturing my vocation, and I understood better what is the meaning of being a priest and that Jesus is calling me to be another Christ today in the world. So that's a real challenge because we, the priests,...
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Father Ciaran McGuinness M.Arf., a White Father from Ireland, remembers the parish priest of his childhood: "I’d just like to speak about somebody whom I admired greatly in my life and he wasn’t in any way outstanding, he was just an ordinary parish priest in rural Ireland in the 50s and early 60s, and his name was Fr James Donlon. .. What I remember of him is that he was somebody who brought Christ to the people - when we went to church we always realised we were in a special place...
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Bishop John Wilson, from England: "The first priest that I was sent to as a newly ordained priest is and continues to be a great inspiration to me. The first night I arrived in the parish, he took me in the car and drove me round the boundaries of the parish and he said to me: "To be a priest is to be an extension of the love of Christ, in service of his Church and in love of his people." And for me that sums up what it is to be a priest." Music by Mike Mangione. For much...
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Father Conrad Osterhout, a Franciscan friar of the Renewal from America, gives his vocation story: "I always go back in a communion of hearts with my confessor, who was a friar, and to my high school years for the strong impetus that they were, to my parents that taught us how to pray so that I would have a longing for prayer, the inspiration comes through those years, and the good Franciscan sisters who taught us, taught us actually to wear our rosaries on our belts as young second...
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Niall, a seminarian for Portsmouth diocese, England, shares the story of his conversion, which began with a trip to Medjugorje (thanks to his mother) and includes JMJ Madrid:: "So when I returned home, I thought 'Right, it's going to go away soon' but after a few days it just kept growing and growing. And I knew I needed to speak to someone about it so I emailed a priest who'd travelled with us to WYD Madrid, and said 'Hi, Father, something has gone horribly wrong in my life. I think I...
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Father Robbie D'Lima, a priest from Pakistan, gives his vocation story: "I was finishing school in 1995 and it was a time when I was searching for a deeper meaning in life. Like any young person, you start to wander what's more in life, is there something more than just living? I just kept wondering about this and at that time one of my religion teachers kept telling us that 'you know, God has a plan in your life. He made you not just to eat, drink, make merry and die.' But then he also...
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Father Alan Neville MSC, from Ireland: "In that parish there were two priests, Father John and Father Jim, who were just really wonderful priests, great sense of humour, lovely sense of humanity, and as I grew up with them, because I was an altar server there and then I was a reader when I was considering a vocation to the priesthood, it didn't occur to me to consider any other group. It was always going to be the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart." Music by Mike Mangione. For much...
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Padre Pablo Zamora, de Mexico, en español: "..." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Saint John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Father Gareth Leyshon, from Wales: "From there I was headhunted by Cardiff University and spent four years doing a PhD on dust in distant galaxies. But half way through the doctorate I asked the big question again 'Lord, what should I do next?' and this time the answer was different. I was driving a friend home from another Youth 2000 retreat when, somewhere past Reading on the motorway, I turned to her and I said "Still don't know what I'm doing after this PhD but when I become a...
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Father Charles, from Burkino Faso: "Priesthood for me is a way of serving people so when I applied to go to the seminary it was maybe to become a priest to please people first, but then it was to serve them and make them discover the Gospel of God." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Saint John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Father Richard Nesbitt, a parish priest from England: "The parish priest came bounding up to me, big smile on his face, and he just gave me this big hug and said 'Richard, don't worry, be happy!' And I just knew - when he gave me that hug, when he said those words to me - that that's what I wanted: I wanted to be happy, to know real, deep joy in a way that I hadn't really in my life up to that point, and that this man, this Church, this community, this Christ whom they worshiped, that was...
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Father Alan Robinson, a parish priest from England: "The heart of Fr Augustine Hoey's whole life - and we're talking about a man now who's approaching 100 - the thing that is consistent in his life is his life of prayer. He has always been a huge prayer, whether it's within the community, in Mirfield, in Sunderland, whether he's been in South Africa, when he was setting up a flat in Manchester as a sort of hermitage praying in the middle of quite a deprived area, the routine is always the...
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Father Hugh MacKenzie, a diocesan priest from London: "I think my vocation to the priesthood is rooted in my prayers as a small child with my father. He was ill during my teenage years and he didn't continue it then and maybe I didn't want to anyway, but the quite strong experience of knowing God as a small child, particularly praying with my Dad, I think rooted much of my priesthood and my vocation. As a teenager I still went to Mass and for some reason when I was under the stars, looking...
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Father Danny Horan, a diocesan priest from Ireland: "For me, the Holy Mass is beyond all doubt the most powerful prayer in the world. There's nothing to compare with it … That is my belief, that is my trust, that Jesus becomes really and truly present for all us through me. I'm the most unworthy servant to be on his altar but, by his grace and the love and the mercy of the Mother of God, I am there and I'm proud to be a priest." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit...
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P Francisco Javier Oseguera LC, un sacerdote legionario de Cristo de México: "..." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Father Francisco Javier Oseguera, a Legionary of Christ priest from Mexico: "What I would like to share with everybody is just the reality that God really is present in our lives more than maybe we can imagine and He really has a plan for us. But it's up to us to really be open, to be in his hands totally, to really trust Him that, when He permits something in our lives, it's really for the good of us and for the good of others. Sometimes we may not understand those things, maybe they are...
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Monsignor John Armitage, from England: "The most important thing that you realise is that life has to be lived for others and the only way you can really understand yourself is by the way that you are a service to others. I thank God that I realised that when I was young. I realised it because I was taught it at school, I realised it because I saw it lived out by my parents and my community, I saw it every day, and so when it came to my turn to respond and respond to people, that's exactly...
Father Sebastian Maria Kajko of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, from Canada: "What it was was an attraction that I just couldn't deny. And now, being a priest for merely three years and yet it feels so good, so right, so natural. I've been thinking the last few days, 'What do I love about the last three years of my life?' And what I love is the privilege of being at the altar, so close to Him, so near Him, to say the Mass, to preach the truth, to do the Sacraments, to baptise babies,...
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Father Lee Marshall, from England: "It was the following August (2007) that I took the leap of faith and left my career, my job, put my house on the market and just left it all behind and went to seminary. And I’ve never, ever, once looked back since then. … I've never doubted my vocation because I knew that it came from Our Lady's intercession, I knew that it had always come from that initial prayer which I'd made on that bus to Medjugorje, of asking Our Lady to help me to open my...
Father Leo Fisher of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, from America: "And so you enter into these phases of these vocations and begin those times of discernment in a good, healthypositive way. Again, it's important for us to have good people in our lives, influences around us, whether our parish priest, our family. It's important to be building up people versus tearing them down. So I encourage you to seek the people that build us up, that strengthen us in our walk with the Lord and as...
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Father Walter Mashamba Munna, from Uganda: "Let us accept Jesus, let us be in union with Christ, let us love the Eucharist, let us love our Mother Mary, and our ministry will not be a burden. Our ministry - we shall love it. Jesus will use us in our ministry, we shall do wonders in our ministry and we shall never grow tired of serving Christ. I thank the Lord for the gift of priesthood and I've never regretted becoming a priest. I should have been a soldier, but today I am a soldier for...
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Father Raymond Kilmurray, from Ireland: "The concept I have as a priest is to be an ‘alter Christus’, another Christ. I was born and bred in a Christian family, a truly good Catholic family, but the person that absolutely decided me, that made me see the priest as something virile, something truly courageous, something heroic, was Karol Józef Wojtyła. When he was elected pope on Monday 16th October 1978, I was absolutely taken by his first words: 'Sia lodato Jesu Christo' Praised be...
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Fr John McHale, from the United States: "It’s been such a blessing to be able to, first of all, become a priest, and then to be able to use my own personal brokenness to help others. So I am very grateful to God." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Père Maximin Yves Sagna sss, de la Congrégation du Saint-Sacrement, du Sénégal (in French): "En reconnaissance de ce qui arrivait en février de l'année 1992 quand Pape Jean-Paul II était au Senegal pour une visite pastorale, j'etais là parmi les jeunes de mon pays et lorsque j'ai eu la chance de le voir passer, traverser, quelque chose est passé en moi, c'est comme ca que je peux le resumer, et je n'ai pas pu resister a ce desir de lui ressembler, et c'est comme ça que tout est...
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Father Maximin Yves Sagna sss, of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, from Senegal: "I have had the fortune to become a priest because when Pope John Paul II came to Senegal to visit our country, I told myself ‘I want to be like this priest, like this bishop, and to dedicate all my life to announce Jesus Christ.’" Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was...
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Father Liam Durrant, a Mill Hill Missionary from London: "I love my vocation, I love being a priest, I love being a missionary. And I see mission not only oversees but at home, particularly now in this politically correct society where people are rejecting so many things. I think it's important to stand up for the Gospel values and help people encounter Jesus and, if it's the will of God and the grace of God, accept Him and be his disciple." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more,...
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Father Fabien Lambert, a priest in the Emmanuel Community from Belgium: "Little bit by little bit during these days at World Youth Day Paris I started to be struck by something. I saw that ‘how come all these people can be in this joy? And how come this old man, John Paul II, can attract so many young people? There is no one else in the world who has such a big influence like this.' And I thought maybe there is something more and maybe God really does exist. It was the beginning of a...
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Eric, a deacon from America shares the story of his conversion, the way the Lord worked in his heart and turned his life around: "I was 21, in my last year of college studying business, and my mother asked me to come with her to Medjugorje, to do a pilgrimage with her. I didn’t really know about the place, but it was a trip to Europe and I wasn’t going to turn that down, so I said yes. I went with my mother and younger brother and we went to Medjugorje and spent a week there. And that...
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Mgsr Rob, from the United States: "I’m most grateful to Blessed John Paul II because he really helped me find my way to the priesthood, from his example and also from his writings. In the work that I do with priests, he really helped us remember our dignity as priests and the great gift that God has given us in the priesthood." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All...
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Pa Mauricio Sucena, um padre dos Arautos do Evangelho do Brasil, em Português: "..." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Padre Mauricio Sucena, un sacerdote degli Araldi del Vangelo dal Brasile, in italiano: "..." Music by Mike Mangione. Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Fr Juan Ignacio, a diocesan priest from Chile: "At 15 I started to go Mass every day. This was fundamental in my life and in the development of my priest vocation. At about the same age I started to pray everyday one fifth part of the Rosary to the Holy Virgin. After one or two years I was praying the five mysteries of the Rosary every day. I think these two things, the daily Mass and Holy Rosary, helped me very much. .. I have been a Catholic priest for almost 5 years, I've been very...
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P Juan Ignacio, un sacerdote diocesano de Chile, en español: "..." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
Fr Bryan, parish priest in Tintagel, Cornwall: "My priesthood is very, very important to me, without which I do not think I’d be able to live, and I’ve been inspired by many good men in my early days. The earliest inspiration actually came from an Anglican ordinant with Catholic outlook. He didn’t live very long, he became an Anglican clergyman and he died at the age of 49, but he inspired me a lot by his ideas. Then of course I met the priest who received me into the Church when I...
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Fr Wilfred, a Carmelite priest from India: "There among the poor I was strengthened in my vocation. Somehow they provided me with a vision for my life. I knew as a priest I was called to love and to serve after the example of Christ. In 1997 I was ordained a priest in India and thereafter was sent to Tanzania as a missionary. Since then I have been a part of our mission in Tanzania, making of my life, to use the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, something beautiful for God in loving and...
Fr James Mary, from Nigeria: "I have discovered that my priesthood has been influenced by Our Lady. I have a particular devotion to her and any time I’m in a problem, I run to the Blessed Virgin Mary. And I also believe so much in divine providence. Believing in divine providence means that when things are hard, when there are no resources or talents around, God will always provide. .. What makes the priest is spirituality and conformity with the grace of God and the divine will. The...
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Fr Andrew, Catholic chaplain at St Andrew's University in Scotland: "I remember Pope John Paul II’s visit to Great Britain in 1982 and in the preparation for that visit in the parish (I was only 14 at the time), the great slogan was ‘Saying Yes to God.’ But my experience with my calling and my vocation was not so much saying yes to God but giving in to God, 'Ok God, I'll do this.' God had been calling me for a long, long time, and He just needed to have me in that right place, in...
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Andrew, a seminarian from the United States: "So God had put Father Nick in my life a year earlier so that when He called my to priesthood I’d be able to respond and feel open to talking to this priest about my vocation." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Fr Ephrem, originally from Eritrea, brought up in Ethiopia and now chaplain to the Eritrean Catholic Gheez-Rite community in London: "I’m really happy that the Lord has called me. The greatest gift for every priest, I think, is his calling. You are no better than anyone else but the Lord calls you, you follow Him and that gives you joy beyond explanation really." Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II and Papa Benedict...
Padre José Manuel, sacerdote de las Siervas de Jesús, de México. En español. Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
Padre José Manuel, sacerdote dei Servi di Gesù, dal Messico. In italiano. Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Fr Peter, a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, from Poland: "At the beginning I didn't know too much about St Michael but because of my vocation to the congregation, the angels became very close to me and I got to know a lot about the angels, especially about St Michael the Archangel. And I didn't know too much about vows, of chastity, poverty and obedience, I just wanted to become a priest, to answer to the call of Jesus, to serve other people, but when I was in my...
Ojciec Piotr, ksiądz ze Zgromadzenia św Michała Archanioła, z Polski, w języku polskim. Music by Mike Mangione. For much more, visit Totus2us.com which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary. Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.
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Fr Edmund, from Ghana: "I've never regretted one day or one moment in my life of being a priest. I've always enjoyed my priesthood and I know that I will always enjoy it because I live it one day at a time: "Every day, God, you give me another day. Do you still trust in me? I don't trust in myself but I know that you know what you have the day for. Never permit me to separate myself from you. Grant that I will love you always and then do with me what you want.' That has been my daily...
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Fr Phillip, a diocesan priest from England, describes how God led him by small steps along his road to the priesthood: "God works with all our unworthiness and through his wonderful grace can actually work and bring new life into the world, new hope into the world. So I thank God every day for the journey he's taken me through, the journey that I'm still on and which He's leading me on. I pray for all you who might listen to this podcast that you will have the trust in the Lord that He...
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Fr David, a Sacred Heart father in the Irish province, describes how working at a retreat centre during his GAP year with the Sacred Heart Fathers, changed the direction of his life: "I believe that God's plan will continue to unfold, a plan that He's had from the beginning of time and He is drawing me along a very exciting, life-giving adventure and I'm really looking forward to that with great hope. I thank God every day for my life and I seek now to help people to understand that God...
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Fr Bert, a member of The Spiritual Family the Work, talks of his road to the priesthood, which included a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 1989 where, aged 35, he went to confession for the first time in many years: "A profession you choose yourself, a vocation is something that comes from God. I did not make the decision to be a priest, God did. I wanted to be an engineer but God wanted me as a priest. And I only had to say 'Yes. Yes God, I will do your will, I follow your way' and then He...
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Fr Philip, the diocesan youth chaplain for Lancaster in the UK, has chose Blessed JPII as his Man for Others: "John Paul II really, really inspired me at World Youth Day in Rome and I suppose in my journey to be a priest, he helped me to understand how actually priesthood isn't just something we do for God, or that we've got to sacrifice my life for the Lord, it's a gift. When I came to understand it as a gift, it transformed everything; when you realise something is a gift, you learn how...
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Doug, from the United States, talks of the witness given by his parish priest who 'raditated the joy of Christ', and of how the Sacrament of Confession was central to his vocation story: "When the priest was giving me absolution, I just felt the really intense call to the priesthood. It was the most powerful I had ever felt God in my life, and I just knew it was from Him, and I had to answer the call even though I had a lot of fears about celibacy and loneliness. I just knew I had to...
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Fr Charles, from England, who has been a Benedictine monk for over 60 years: "I've always wanted to be a priest, ever since I can remember as a boy, quite young, and probably due to my uncle, who was a Benedictine priest who was good friends with his sister, my mother. But of course I owe a great deal also to many other Benedictine monks ... Well of course I've learnt a great deal since those very early childhood days, when I clearly hadn't taken on board, in fact not until fairly recently...
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Nov 11, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Austin, a Dominican priest from the USA: "I started thinking about being a priest when I was 10 years old, because in my home parish there was a young priest who came and I started serving Mass, and the witness of his life, the way that he said Mass, the reverance with which he said Mass, the way that he dealt with people just really struck me and I just had this very deep sense that that's what I wanted to do when I grew up, that I wanted to be just like him. It took me almost 20 years...
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Fr Tom, from England, on Canon Liam O'Driscoll: "I think for me being with someone who'd been a priest for so long (he celebrated while I was therehis 50 years of priesthood), just still had this incredible energy and this incredible joy in his ministry and just a real vibrancy about him, really encouraged me, who was just on my way to priesthood. I think it really encouraged me to see the heart of priesthood, to see that heart founded in Jesus. As St Jean-Marie Vianney says, the priest is...
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Br Reginald, from the USA and a Dominican brother studying for the priesthood in Washington, talks about his own patron in religious life, Blessed Reginald of Orleans, and the function of Marian devotion in the mission and life of the Order of Friar Preachers: "Blessed Reginald was one of the first Dominicans, a companion of St Dominic, and received a special grace from the Blessed Mother - he actually received what we call the scapular of our habit from the Blessed Mother herself (which...
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Sep 9, 2011 Totus2us.com
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Fr Neil, a parish priest from England: "One day my spiritual director asked me a question and that was: "Have you ever thought of being a priest?"Well the answer was, "Yes, I had", but no-one had ever asked me, until then. And of course it was as if the flood gates opened and I said yes, and from then on the rest is my own history because I began to follow God more closely in the way of a vocation to the priesthood... Here was God calling me through one man, a...
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Fr José Alberto, a parish priest from Spain: "From this parish have come 10 priests. It has also been an experience of brotherhood among us; I can rely on them on my 10 friends. In the life of a priest it is a very important thing to have other priests as your brothers. .. I think we are not supermen, we are very ordinary people. That is what amazes me is that God has chosen us to be priests. I have discovered along the years that God knows me better than I know myself, he knows me very...
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Fr Raymond, a Jesuit priest from America: "It is the most wonderful thing in the world to be a priest; the greatest joy I could have. I have so many spiritual children, I feel like an endless life of Abraham who bears children in his old age, it is a delight. And a delight to be part of the priestly brotherhood, the greatest privilege of course is to stand at the altar and confect the sacrament and to bring the Body and Blood of Christ to others. And along with it, the greatest joy I have...
Fr George, from Nigeria: "St Francis lived a life of humility, he attended to the needs of the poor, he lived a life of chastity. Because also of his humility after his diaconate ordination he refused to be ordained a priest because, according to him, when a priest celebrates Mass, he conceives Christ during that Mass and then gives birth to Him and then he gives Him to people and as a human being, he didn't feel worthy of that honour and so he stopped as a deacon. My parish priest,...
Fr Peter, from Nigeria: "As a young boy I observed him meeting people in their situations of life in their various houses. He usually visited us in our homes, so by that, his presence among the people of God, I was highly inspired. I started from there the idea of being a priest because, due to his disposition to people, to meet them in their various situations, people loved him, so I had an expectation that one day I would be like him ... his attitude towards the people of God made me...
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Fr Danko, a Franciscan priest from Herzegovina, now in Medjugorje: "There was a big battle inside me and I couldn't support this. One day, after Communion, I sat down in the last bench in an old church in Mostar and I told Jesus, "Jesus, I will die a healthy sportsman, because I can't support this pressure. And I have to decide and right now I decide, I will become your priest." At that moment, I felt like a burden of about 500 kilos that had been on my shoulders just...
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Fr John, a Jesuit priest from England, whose vocation story began with Fatima: "Then it dawned on me that to be able to forgive sins would be more wonderful and I thought of the priesthood. To be able to forgive one serious sin, just once in one's life, to be the instrument God used to bring that person back into union with Himself, to turn that person's life into a thing of beauty, and that is what happens when a Catholic gets his sins forgiven, I thought that would be worth everything .....
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Dec 10, 2010 Totus2us.com
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Mark, a seminarian from England: "The message of the Gospel is that God loved us so much that He came in Christ to reconcile us to Him. So I think that my vocation to the priesthood is about sharing the immense love that God has for us in coming among us as Jesus Christ. I think that what the priesthood has to offer the world is Jesus and that's what the world needs to hear. And of course we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and in my life the Eucharist has been the centre and the...
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Fr Thomas, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal from America: "I knew that if the priesthood was what God wanted for me, that was where I would be happiest. That was so key for me. I did not really want to be a priest at that point still, and yet I said 'Lord, if you are calling me, then I know that that is where I will be happiest.' I think I had heard that somewhere before but it just stayed with me and I used it, in a real time of crisis I guess, or a real moment of grace if you want to...
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Nov 12, 2010 Totus2us.com
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Fr Anthony, a Jesuit priest from England: "A thing that Father McKenna said to me before the novitiate was a great help, "If you ever think of leaving, wait 2 weeks." It is very good practical advice, so you are not just swayed by emotion and you reflect a bit more.. Not long before my vows, when I was seeing the novice master, I said "Do you really think I have a Jesuit vocation?" And there was a long pause that seemed to last forever, and he said "Do you?"...
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Fr Peter, a Mariannhill Missionary from Zimbabwe: "Talking about my own story of my faith and the story of my vocation, I was inspired mostly by my father, who was a catechist.. In the family he has been my source of inspiration; seeing him dedicated and committed in evangelisation and working with different priests as well; being active as a youth, as I was growing up, through his influence and encouragement. He was not forcing us in any way to go to church in any way but it became part...
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Daniel, a seminarian from England: "In my prayer about this, it occurred to me that the yes of Maximlian Kolbe, the yes of Cassie Burnall, weren't the first yes that they had uttered to God. In order to say yes on the big occasions, I believe you have to practice it, you have to practice saying yes to God and that means saying yes to God in small things. Saying yes in the every day means that when the time for the big yes comes, we will be so practiced at saying yes to God that it will...
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Fr Stanislaus, a Mill Hill Missionary priest from Congo: "When I was ordained a deacon, I was touched very much by words of admonition: "Receive the Gospel of Christ under whose head you are. Believe what you read, preach what you believe and put into practice what you preach." Those words really touched my heart and I took it as a challenge in my own life as someone dedicated to this vocation. By virtue of ordination I have joined a ministerial priesthood, I was made an...
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Fr Martin, from England: "Father Maurice lived in France in the 19th century and I have just finished reading the extraordinary correspondence he had with St Theresa of Lisieux. He was struggling both as a priest and as a Christian. He opened his heart to the Little Flower and she told him 'Confidence, nothing but confidence leads us to God's love.' She also gave him great courage by saying 'When we are in heaven, we shall share in the infinite mercy of the Lord.' " Music by Mike...
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Sep 17, 2010 Totus2us.com
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Fr Jon, from England: "The sense of fatherhood dawned on me more powerfully when I was first given my parish after 5 years of ordination. After the first week-end of Sunday Masses the thought came to me very clearly and simply that I was able to feed these people with Jesus in the Eucharist. Just like a father would feed his family .. as a spiritual father I have done much the same thing in a spiritual way feeding them with Christ Himself to build them up and strengthen them for the week...
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Sep 10, 2010 Totus2us.com
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Fr John, a Marist priest from New Zealand: "All through these 55 years there have been other priests who have inspired me. In my earlies years they were elderly priests, men who had born the burdens and the heats .. All of them were what I would call big men - big in mind, big in heart. A broadness about them that made them affable and friendly towards all. Wonderful priests. I retain these memories all my days, examples to me to live up to. Amen." Music by Mike Mangione. Visit...
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Sep 3, 2010 Totus2us.com
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Runaine, a seminarian from South Africa: "Truly a man for others, his priesthood was characterised by his faithful witness to Jesus Christ, his faithfulness to the Holy Mass and the prayer of the Church, and his availability to God's people, day and night, in moments of joy and sorrow. Today I am aspiring to be a priest because of Father Sean's example of a priest being in the person of Christ." Music by Mike Mangione. Visit Totus2us.com for more. Pope John Paul II's motto was to...