By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a common priesthood of believers. We are all called to participate in Christ’s mission. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops and priests are given a special role in carrying out this mission. They exercise a ministerial priesthood. Through ordination, priest become representatives of Christ to the Church, as witnesses of holiness and love, preachers of the Gospel, shepherds of the faithful, conveners of divine worship, and builders of the Church.
St. John Vianney wrote, “the priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.” Likewise, St. Augustine noted that the priesthood is the office of the good shepherd who offers his life for his sheep; in sum, “the priest is above all a servant of other”. For more information call the Vocations Office of the Diocese of San Bernardino at (909)783-1305.