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Vocations Conference: "Take the Risk for Christ"

'Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood'

Vocations Conference: "Take the Risk for Christ"

This week, Archbishop Rino Fischella’s, Pro-Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Evangelisation, recently addressed a conference: ‘Evangelisation and Vocation’, hosted by the National Vocations Office of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

In his address entitled, Priesthood in a Synodal Church, Archbishop Fisichella said, “The encounter with Christ must be personal: the Master’s eyes must be on mine, and only then does the encounter become a vocation. A good priest is always a miracle of grace … Let us not forget the sacramental grace of the priestly office. It helps one to break out of one’s self … let us pray for priests.” Archbishop Rino continued, “Jesus proclaims ‘good news’ that consists of the ‘nearness’ of God – that God is ‘in our midst’. The use of the term ‘news’ should not be overlooked; it is of paramount importance. Without the mission, there is no Church; we will always have to be very radical about this.”

Address by Archbishop Fisichella: ‘Priesthood in a Synodal Church’ available on

To mark the beginning of the national ‘Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood’ on Good Shepherd Sunday, RTÉ One will broadcast Mass at 11.00am.

Parish resources for Vocations Sunday are available on the diocesan website:

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