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Listen to Witness Talks of Priests

“The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!”

[Pope St. John Paul II]


Fr. Mark-Mary Ames

Franciscan Friar of the Renewal

"I'm overwhelmed by the goodness and the generosity of God. Knowing my poverty and littleness- he received it and blessed it and made it fruitful."


"It's a blessing every day to be there as a priest, ordained to offer people the Gospel, the sacraments, and to truly be the face of Christ for people."

Fr. Tyler Bandura

Priest of the Diocese of Greensburg


Fr. John Eckert

Priest of the Diocese of Charlotte

"The Church has a Savior, and it's not me, and so I'll just keep clinging to Him."

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"Looking back, I realize that God put so many people in my life to guide me and lead me in the faith journey."

Fr. Athanasius Fornwalt

Franciscan Friar of the Holy Spirit


"I've had my ups and downs, but God's voice is so powerful, he calls you out of those moments of darkness and doubt and says, 'Don't worry, I'm still here'."

Priest of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn

Fr. Claude Franklin


"I can honestly say that I'm happier, I'm more joyful, I'm more peaceful than I've ever been in my life."

Fr. Joe Freedy

Priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh


"I have witnessed, growing up, a beautiful example of the richness and beauty of marriage, but for me, only the priesthood could fully satisfy and fulfill what is in my heart."

Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Oblate of the Blessed Virgin Mary


"It wasn't a random choice; it was God setting things up and allowing me to make choices and pulling me along, saying 'Here's what I'm offering you'- and I wouldn't change a thing. I really love the priesthood!"

Fr. Mike Gossett

Priest of the Diocese of Steubenville


"I felt like God the Father was holding me in his arms, and I was like, 'Lord, if this is what you made me for, then I'll be a priest. I have no idea what that practically means, but I will say yes.'"

Fr. Levi Hartle

Priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

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"The Lord always invites us to take that next step and receive more from him, and he gives us what we need in every season of our lives. He gives us exactly what we need to persevere in our relationship with him."

Fr. Joshua Johnson

Priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

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Fr. Andrew Jones

Priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile

"The harvest is ripe, and it's a beautiful vocation."


"The witness that you have just being a faithful Catholic and a devoted Catholic, has more impact and more power than perhaps you realize."

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Priest of the Diocese of Charleston

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Fr. James Mallon

Priest of the Archdiocese
   of Halifax-Yarmouth

"I didn't experience it as a call, I experienced it as a knowing. All of a sudden, I knew I was going to be a priest with every fiber of my being."


Fr. Rick Martignetti

"The Lord puts these desires in our hearts, but we have to be attuned to them and say, 'this is what makes my heart come alive!'"

OFM Franciscan Priest


"There is no greater joy in my heart than the joy of being a priest."

Fr. Louis Merosne

Priest of the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau/Miragoâne

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"That's where I always found the peace- when I handed my life more and more over to Jesus."

Fr. Terry O'Connor

Priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh


"When I was willing to admit that God might be calling me to be a priest, I felt a great peace."

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore


"The capacity of a priest to save souls is absolutely amazing, and I'm just beginning to experience that now."

Fr. Anthony Raymundo

Priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia


Fr. Mathias Thelen

"I never ever would have expected life to be this exciting... It's far beyond anything I could ever imagine!"

Priest of the Diocese of Lansing


Fr. Rodolph Wakim

Priest of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn

"My desire is to give the rest of my life in gratitude for his awesome love."


Fr. Dan Waruszewski

Priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

"When we listen to what God wants us to do, when we pray, and then when we do it His way, it's amazing how things just come together."

Please pray for an increase in vocations to the Holy Priesthood:


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O God, Who wish all men to be saved

and to come to the knowledge of Your truth:
send, we beg You, laborers into Your harvest, and

grant them grace to speak Your word with all boldness;
so that Your word may spread and be glorified,
and all nations may know You, the only God,
and Him Whom You have sent,
Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

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