The Office of Priest Vocations assists those who are discerning a call to follow Jesus in the sacred priesthood, as one of his closest collaborators in his continuing mission on earth to lead and sanctify his people and draw them towards their homeland in heaven.
Some men are called to lay down their lives for the Church in the ordained ministry by the Sacrament of Holy Orders – the priesthood. These men stand in the person of Christ and serve their bride, the Church, through their preaching and teaching and by celebrating the Sacraments. Diocesan priests primarily serve the geographical area of their diocese, typically as parish priests but also in other capacities, such as chaplains in schools, hospitals, and prisons.
The Archdiocese of Washington is comprised of the District of Columbia and five Maryland counties: St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert, Prince George’s and Montgomery. There are over 667,000 Catholics in this area who are served by about 139 parishes and 324 active priests. Together with a stellar Catholic School system, hospitals, Catholic Charities, and other apostolates, the Catholic presence in the region is vibrant and growing. Essential to the Church’s work in the Archdiocese of Washington is the ministry of priests who serve as shepherds, administrators, counselors, teachers, and collaborators. Most importantly, however, the priest provides for the administration of the sacraments and spiritual guidance, promoting the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of the people.