Priesthood

The Latest

Luis Avagliano, with his late wife Flora and children / Priestly ordination of Father Luis Avagliano.

Widowed deacon ordained a priest in Argentina

Apr 8, 2021

Luis Avagliano was married to his wife, Flora, for 38 years, but after her death almost seven years ago, he... Read more

Priest collar.

Cardinal laments lack of priestly vocations in Florentine archdiocese

Jan 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Archbishop of Florence has said no new students have entered his diocesan seminary this year, calling the low number... Read more

Spirituality Year: How a break from academics helps prepare men for priesthood

Nov 8, 2020

By Mary Farrow

When Fr. Josh Mayer entered St. John Vianney’s Seminary in Denver, his first year looked a little more monk-like than... Read more

Deacon David Pinto. Courtesy photo.

Patience and the priesthood: A vocation 50 years in the making

Nov 5, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

On average, diocesan priests take about six years to complete seminary formation. For Dominican priests, it is seven. Jesuits study... Read more

Fr. Michael McGivney.

Ahead of beatification, priests reflect on McGivney's priesthood, and the miracle he prayed for

Oct 30, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A prayer vigil for priests on the eve of the beatification of Ven. Michael McGivney took place Friday, October 30,... Read more

Diocese in Mexico ordains 34 new priests

Oct 21, 2020

On World Mission Sunday, October 18, the archbishop of Guadalajara ordained 34 new priests (33 diocesan and 1 religious) and... Read more

Fr. Adrian San Juan. Courtesy: Rafael Alvarez and Angelus News

Los Angeles priest mourned after sudden passing: ‘He died doing what he loved’

Sep 28, 2020

After being brought into this world against the odds, losing his father at 8 years old, and surviving a battle... Read more

Fr. Paschal Uche at his ordination in Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, England, Aug. 1, 2020. Ordination photo

Young Catholic who greeted Benedict XVI in Britain becomes a priest

Sep 18, 2020

Ten years ago, Paschal Uche greeted Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of young people in his country. Today, he is... Read more

Fr. César Izquierdo in front of the Gregorian University in Rome in June 2020. Courtesy photo.

Stuck in Italy: Washington priest trusts in God as he waits to begin U.S. ministry

Sep 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

New priest César Izquierdo knows God is calling him to serve the Catholic population of central Washington. And with his... Read more

Catholics arrange aid for St. Pius X parish in Ragley, Louisiana.

After Hurricane Laura, priests' support group responds to a 'brother' in need

Sep 2, 2020

Support groups for priests provide ongoing camaraderie and spiritual nourishment, and now that list of benefits can be expanded to... Read more

St. John Vianney.

The Feast of Saint John Vianney – a model for priests

Aug 4, 2020

The patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney, died Aug. 4, 1859. A century later, Pope John XXIII reflected on... Read more

Father Nick Adam. Photo courtesy of Father Adam.

News anchor-turned-Catholic vocations director embarks on 'Tour de Priest'

Jul 12, 2020

This Sunday, a Catholic priest will embark on a 320-mile, 5-day bike ride to recruit young men and women for... Read more

Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni. Courtesy photo.

A tale of two Churches: Young African priest ordained in south Italy

Jul 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr.... Read more

Father Edmond Ilg gives his first blessing to his son, Fr. Philip Ilg, outside Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. Image courtesy of the Ilg family.

Fathers’ Day: When a dad became a priest, like his son

Jun 24, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Edmond Ilg, 62, has been a father since the birth of his son in 1986. But on June 21, he became... Read more

Father Connor (left) and Father Peyton Plessala. Courtesy photo.

‘God chose to call us’: The story of two brothers ordained Catholic priests on the same day

Jun 11, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Peyton and Connor Plessala are brothers from Mobile, Alabama. They’re 18 months— one school grade— apart.  Read more

Catholic priests may be feeling ‘nonessential’ during the pandemic- here’s how you can help

Jun 6, 2020

By Perry West

As restrictions meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have forced churches to close or limit their activity... Read more

Vatican prefect thanks Spanish priests for dedication during pandemic

May 12, 2020

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, sent a letter to all Catholic priests in Spain,... Read more

Father Geison Gerardo Ortiz Marín baking bread. Photo courtesy of Father Ortiz.

Priest in Costa Rica bakes bread to help families in need

May 4, 2020

When he was just 15 years old, Fr. Geison Gerardo Ortiz Marín had to quit school and find a job... Read more

Pope Francis offers a blessing from the window of the Apostolic Palance April 26, 2020.

Pope Francis asks for prayer for vocations to the priesthood on Good Shepherd Sunday

May 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on all Catholics to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on Good Shepherd Sunday,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims before the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

‘Worship of initiatives’ is replacing faith, Pope Francis warns priests

Feb 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Priests risk losing their ministry as pastors and teachers of the faith when they become “suffocated” by management problems, Pope... Read more