A priest spends each day in personal prayer through the Liturgy of the Hours and time in private meditation before the Blessed Sacrament. His private prayer is essential, for he must know Him of Whom he speaks, teaches and preaches; he must come to have an intimate relationship with Christ. The priest becomes “another Christ” for his people.
“The Church faces a particularly difficult task in her efforts to preach the word of God in all cultures in which the faithful are constantly challenged by consumerism and a pleasure-seeking mentality.” (Blessed John Paul II)
At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the Eucharistic mandate to His apostles, “Do this in memory of Me,” but not before the Lord had knelt down and washed their feet. Jesus said, “What I have done for you, you must do for one another.”
A priest must be a servant to God’s people. He brings the love and strength of Christ into the parish, the school, the hospital room, the prison, the inner city…wherever God’s people are and especially wherever they suffer, the priest is there.
The Diocese of Camden is comprised of the six southern-most counties of New Jersey: Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May. In this region containing nearly 2,700 square miles, there are over 450,000 Catholics who are served by about 70 parishes and more than 100 active diocesan priests. Essential to the Church’s work in the Diocese of Camden is the ministry of her priests who serve as shepherds, administrators, counselors, teachers, and collaborators. Most importantly, however, the priest provides for the administration of the sacraments and spiritual guidance, promoting the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of the people.