What is the priesthood?
Priesthood is a call to service. Through it, the mission that Christ entrusted to the apostles continues in the world. While all Christians participate in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, God calls certain men to devote themselves to serving the Church. “The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1547)
What is the diocesan priesthood?
Diocesan priests are those who have been called and ordained to serve God’s people in their everyday lives. You could say that they are the priests “on the front lines.” Through their ministry in parishes all over the world, diocesan priests are present in many of the pivotal moments of a Catholic’s life. When you go to Sunday Mass – there is a priest. When you want to get married or have a child baptized – you go to see a diocesan priest. When a family member is sick or dying – it is the parish priest who answers the call.
Priests in the Diocese of Steubenville give their lives to help Catholics in this part of Ohio come to know and serve God in a deeper way. Under the leadership of our bishop, our priests minister on the parish level, sharing the love of God with the people of this diocese.