Diocesan Priest

Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, ordination enables a person to act on behalf of the Church through the Word of God, the seven Sacraments, and leadership among the community.  A  Diocesan Priest is a man who is ordained to priesthood through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  A diocesan priest, also known as a secular priest, works mostly in parishes and in a specific geographic area known as an archdiocese or diocese.  A Diocesean Priest  is accountable to his leader, who is the diocesean bishop, and the people he serves. A bishop is ordained to teach as Christ did.  Priests share in the bishop's  role of representing Christ the Shepherd.


A Diocesean Priest:

  • Is called by God to be an ordained minister of the Church with a particular Diocese

  • Nourishes and fosters his relationship with God through prayer and service

  • Promises obedience to his Bishop

  • Promises to live a life of celibacy

  • Joyfully proclaims and preaches the Good News of Jesus Christ, and the faith of the Catholic Church

  • Leads the Catholic Community in worship and celebrates with them the Sacraments of the Church

  • Works to build up Parish and other Church Communities in union with the Bishop, other Priests and the people of his Diocese

  • May serve as a Chaplain to Universities, Hospitals, Prisons, schools and the Armed Forces

  • May belong to a Secular Institute, an Association of Christ's Faithful or the  Armed Forces

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Archdiocese of Adelaide
39 Wakefield Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8210 8120
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Archdiocese of Hobart
99 Barrack Street
Hobart Tas 7000
Ph: 03 6234 4463
Fax: 03 6234 4737
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Diocese of Broken Bay
23 Yardley Ave
Ph: 02 9483 2302
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Diocese of Geraldton
Post Office Box 46
Geraldton WA 6531
Ph: 08 9921 3221
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Diocese of Parramatta
Ph: 0409 172 700
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Diocese of Port Pirie
PO Box 492
Ph: (08) 8642 2847
Fax: (08) 8641 2187
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Diocese of Sale
1215 Bunyip River Road
Iona Vic 3815
Ph: (03) 5629 2220
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Diocese of Toowoomba
PO Box 756
Toowoomba QLD 4350
Ph: 07 4632 4277
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Diocese of Townsville
Ph: (07) 4778 1219
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Diocese of Wagga Wagga
PO Box 133
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Ph: (02) 6921 2164
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Diocese of Wollongong
Ph: 02 4271 1068
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