“Jesus said to His disciples, “I call you to be Fishers of Men.” Matthew 4:19.
From among the many vocations in the church – marriage, the deaconate, a catechist, usher, lector, Eucharistic minister, server, to name a few – the priesthood has always been seen as essential for the mission of the church. Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission of Christ continues in His Church. The three moments of this sacrament are: bishop (episcopate), priest (presbyterate), and deacon (diaconate). All are a participation in the apostolic offices of teaching, sanctifying, and governing given by the Jesus to the Twelve Apostles and through them, to the generations that followed.
“The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the ‘common priesthood of the faithful.’ Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community” (Catechism, 1591).
If your or someone you know is interested in becoming a priest, please call upon any of the priests of the parish to discuss this with you. Fr. James Forsen was a vocation director in the archdiocese for 10 years and would welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone so interested.
For further information, please contact the Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at: