In his Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis (I will give you
Shepherds), our late Holy Father Pope John Paul II reflected on the
words of the prophet Jeremiah “I will give you shepherds after my own
Pope John Paul II wrote: “God promises his people that he will never leave them without shepherds to gather them together and guide them.” The Church, the People of God, constantly experiences the reality of this prophetic message and continues joyfully to thank God for it. He continues: “Without priests the Church would not be able to respond to the command of Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19) and “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk. 22:19;cf. 1 Cor. 11:24)…By faith we know that the Lord’s promise cannot fail.”
A young man who feels called to the diocesan priesthood in the Archdiocese of San Francisco will minister to the Catholic faithful in the parishes, schools, and institutions of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.
A candidate for the diocesan priesthood must complete four years of high school, four years of college and between four and six years of graduate studies in theology before ordination.
Source: San Francisco Archdiocese