DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON
"If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all” - Mark 9:35
When I think of the priests who inspired me as a young man – and, in
fact, throughout my priesthood – three things come to mind.
First of all, they were men of prayer. You could tell by dealing with them
that they spent regular time speaking to God and listening for God’s voice.
Secondly, they took Christ’s command very seriously: "If anyone wishes to
be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). The
Lord reminds us over and over again that what we do for the least of his
brothers and sisters we do for him.
Finally, they helped me see the face of Christ. Priests are called in a
special way to act in the person of Christ, and the ones who were most
helpful to me and to my faith were joyful men; they were priests in
whose company I found it easiest to sense the Lord’s presence.
The Church needs good holy priests. If you’re a young man who
finds himself attracted to service, who loves the Church and who
is comfortable listening for God and opening your heart to Him,
if bringing the love and joy of Christ to others seems exciting
and natural to you – then God might be calling you to the
priesthood. You owe it to yourself to find out.
God bless you.
W. Francis Malooly
Bishop of Wilmington