The diocesan priest centers his life on the love of God and the love of the people of God calls him to serve. The diocesan priest does not give up his identity, but places himself in the context of service to God’s people within the local diocesan Church. This focus allows him to be fully present where ever he is needed.
The diocesan priest’s life is an attempt to make sense of the intimate connection between God and us. He assists people in recognizing and acknowledging God’s presence and movement in their daily lives.
The diocesan priest is a teacher. He shares the word of God through preaching. Through the sacraments he touches people’s lives when they hurt, when they love, and when they commit themselves to the Christian way of life.
He is a genuine, faithful, and focused person who loves God, loves the Church, and is willing to center his life around that call to love.