Decree on the ministry and life of priests

‘Established in the priestly order by ordination, all priests are united among themselves in an intimate sacramental brotherhood. In a special way, they form one brotherhood. In a special way they form one presbytery in a diocese to whose service they are committed under their own bishop.’

Whether they are in parish work, teaching or in some other special activity, priests are united in the single goal of building up Christ’s body’ (n. 8). This work includes the proclamation of the gospel, the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments, governance of a community and ministering to those in need (n. 4 – 6).

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