The priest is a man of faith and prayer who has responded to God’s call to bring the people to God and God to the people. He is an extension of the local bishop; living a life of service, celibacy, and obedience to their bishop. Priests are called to proclaim and celebrate the Good News among God’s people.
Most men ordained for the Diocese of Tulsa serve in parishes of the diocese. They are an active and loving presence of Christ among the people, sharing their faith and participating in the struggles of the people they are serving. Some priests serve as teachers and chaplains in schools while others serve in various diocesan institutions. Wherever they serve, priests work in bringing peace, love and justice to those around them.
Men who are interested in studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Tulsa, would attend one of the seminaries that the diocese utilizes in the formation and education of its priest. By the time he is ordained, a priest has completed a bachelor and a master’s degree, usually in philosophy and theology. At the end of the third year of theology, the seminarian is ordained to the Diaconate; at the close of the fourth year, he is ordained to the Priesthood.
To learn more about the diocesan priesthood or seminary email Father Elkin Gonzalez, Director of Vocations at firstname.lastname@example.org