A priest is a man who has been configured to Christ through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. By definition, a priest is one who offers sacrifice on behalf of the people. Priests have existed since the earliest days of the Bible. A priest of the Catholic Church is a disciple of the Lord Jesus, who is deeply in love with Jesus, who desires to serve Christ's bride the Church at the altar, who offers the forgiveness of sins, who is called to give his life for the sake of the Gospel, and who has a devotion to Mary the Mother of God. A priest is a living witness to the reality that Jesus the Son suffered, died, and was raised up: God loves the world and desires us to live forever. Priests, although weakened by sin, are given the grace to tell the Truth of the Good News. The priest not only offers the Eucharist at the altar, he also offers his own life as a gift.
Resources for Discernment
To find out more about local discernment resources, contact your Diocesan Vocation Director