In Baptism we receive a calling which enables and obliges us to seek holiness, worship God and serve others. Baptism incorporates us into the Church and makes us participants in its mission. All the baptised share in the one priesthood of Christ and in the common priesthood of all believers.
Among the baptised some are called to the ministerial priesthood as deacons, priests and bishops. Those called to the ministerial priesthood receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, and are consecrated for the service of all the baptised and the building up of the Church. Those who receive Holy Orders live a celibate life and have a special obligation to pray and seek holiness.
A priest proclaims the Gospel, is the minister of the sacraments, teaches the faith and works to build up the local faith community. A diocesan priest works within a particular geographical area called a diocese, usually in a parish, as the co-worker of the local bishop who leads the diocese. A religious priest takes vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to the superior of the religious order, and works in the mission of the order. Religious and diocesan priests may also serve as chaplains to prisons, hospitals, schools, universities and other institutions.
A seminarian is undergoing the formation and training needed to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. There are two seminaries in New Zealand, both in Auckland, which prepare men for priesthood.
Each diocese has a Vocations Director who assists those who are considering a vocation to priesthood.
Fr Robert O'Brien:
Ph: (09) 630 3956
Fr David Dowling
Ph: (04) 383 8625
Fr John C O’Connor
Ph: (03) 319 8730
Fr Mark Chamberlain
Ph: (03) 479 0066