The heart of our vocation is our consecration to the Lord through religious profession in the footsteps of St John. The priesthood, which the majority of brothers receive, is therefore received within that consecration. A brother who is also a priest seeks, like St John, to be a friend and apostle of the Lord at the service of the Church.
If a brother in formation discerns a call to the priesthood, and if he meets the required conditions, then he will be ordained a priest for the service of God and his Church. A brother who is not a priest is nevertheless fully a brother through his religious profession. He has a ‘voice in chapter’ just like the others and participates in the apostolic mission of the community.
The Ordinations at Vezelay – watch again!
Delve a little deeper
How is the call to the priesthood discerned?
Discernment for the priesthood is undertaken by two parties. First, the brother himself discerns whether he is being called to become a priest. His spiritual director can help him to ask the right sort of questions to make that discernment, being careful not to influence the brother’s decision one way or another.
What percentage of brothers in the community are priests?