Holy Orders

liturgyThe Vocations Office of the Diocese of Orange cordially invites men who are praying or thinking about priesthood to a “Priesthood Discernment” evening. The purpose is to familiarize interested men with the life, prayer, and possible call to Priesthood in the Diocese of Orange. There is no commitment related to the evening, other than the   expression of interest to participate.

The “Priesthood Discernment” evenings are held at the Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center, First Floor, Room 1D, Christ Cathedral Campus.
Contact: Rev. John Moneypenny, Director of Vocations–714 282-3036
Email: fr.jmoneypenny@rcbo.org.

A Reflection on Priesthood

Albert Camus, tells us: “There is in this world beauty, and there are the humiliated. We must strive, hard as it is, not to be unfaithful, neither to the one nor to the other.”

A priest might be described as one who has claimed his loneliness for God, and in that loneliness, life takes on a unique beauty and compassion. In our loneliness for God, we find ourselves attentive to the “glimmerings of grace,” to the ever-so-subtle disclosures of the hidden God, lurking within the heart’s infinite need for beauty, for goodness, for mercy, for compassion, for love, for truth. As Hopkins reminds us, “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things.”

Isn’t much of priestly life cultivating a ground of silence, quietude, and prayer wherein our brothers and sisters come to see the “glimmerings of grace” in their lives? “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” Isn’t much of priestly life standing with the humiliated under the shadow of the cross, believing in the God who so often seems to arrive only when it is too late, believing in the God who wins by losing, who is living and gives life by being put to death—the eternal Trickster?

Immersed in the sacramental presence of Christ, we see human hearts quietly nourished, gradually enlightened, gently transformed, compassionately embraced by a divine love stronger than death, a love that desires our joy. And we see our brothers and sisters, with whom we seek God, become “sacraments.” And perhaps one day, as if by a miracle of grace, we pray one more time, “At last, all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all the nations,” and Christ will look into our heart, and he will see much of himself in us—most of all, his compassion.

And though the last lights off the black West went

Oh morning, at the brown brink eastward springs–

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins

If you are thinking and praying about a vocation to the priesthood, please call the parish office to speak with one of the priests of the parish.