Qualities of a Priest

Qualities of a Priest

Are you called to the priesthood? A man may say, “Yes, I do believe I might have a call, but I need a more concrete sign.” What are the signs that God might be calling me? What are the gifts that I need to be a happy, effectual priest? Here are some qualities desired for candidates for the priesthood:

Love for the Eucharist
Do you have a love for the Eucharist, and truly wish to be a walking temple mirroring His miracles, acceptance, forgiveness and self-gifts?

A Strong Prayer Life
Do you have a desire to deepen your prayer life, a desire to enter into a more powerful relationship with God, to grow in understanding; not only to grow in holiness yourself but to model holiness so others may desire to join you in your journey toward Christ?

Need for Scripture
Do you love the word of God? Does the desire to pass it on excite you? Do you have a desire to proclaim the Gospel, but especially to live it to your maximum potential?

Generosity and Kindness
Are you willing to give away your time, your energy, your possessions, even your heart, for God and His people?

A Good Listener
Are you a good listener? Do you take time with people? Are the needs of others important to you? Are you willing to listen deeply to hear what people are truly saying?

Other Important Qualities

  • Personal relationship with God evidenced by prayer
  • Love for the Catholic Church and its teachings
  • Interest in serving people
  • Ability to work with others
  • Respect for other people
  • Openness to different races, ethnic groups and cultures
  • Good social skills
  • Capacity and desire to learn
  • Healthy self-image
  • Ability to spend time alone
  • Capacity for friendship
  • Courage to take risks
  • Ability to voice an unpopular view

The Vocation Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine can be reached by calling (904) 262-3200, ext. 101 or toll free at (800) 775-4659, ext. 101, or by emailing vocations@dosafl.com