It is true that God has made his entire people a royal priesthood in Christ.  But our High Priest, Jesus Christ, also chose some of his followers to carry out publicly in the Church a priestly ministry in his name on behalf of mankind.  He was sent by the Father, and he in turn sent the apostles into the world; through them and their successors, the bishops, he continues his work as Teacher, Priest, and Shepherd.  Priests are co-workers of the order of bishops.  They are joined to the bishops in the priestly office and are called to serve God's people.
- Ordination of Priests (Roman Pontifical)


The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus!  No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord!  Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!
- Saint John Paul II


“Vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life are born out of the experience of a personal encounter with Christ, out of sincere and confident dialogue with him, so as to enter into his will.”
-  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


“God calls you to make definitive choices, and he has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment. God calls each of us to be holy, to live his life, but he has a particular path for each one of us. ... The Lord calls some to be priests, to give themselves to him more fully, so as to love all people with the heart of the Good Shepherd.”
 - Pope Francis
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Fr David Cartwright

Fr David Cartwright
Vocations Director

Fr David Cartwright was born in Melbourne and educated by the Dominican sisters and Marist Brothers. After studying at Corpus Christi College in Clayton and Carlton, he was ordained in the Jubilee Year of 2000 by Archbishop George Pell.

Fr Nicholas Pearce

Fr Nicholas Pearce
Assistant Vocations Director
Ordained a Priest in 2010 at the age of 26, Fr Pearce is one of the youngest priests in Victoria. Fr Pearce grew up in Melbourne and first felt the call to the priesthood when he attended WYD in the year 2000. 
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