A priest is a man who offers his whole humanity to God, so that God might use him as an instrument of salvation.
Those called to the diocesan priesthood are usually attracted to the vocation through a desire to serve the People of God in the local parish, The Priest makes Christ present to them in the Sacraments of the Church.
Early in the process of discernment, it is helpful to begin to read more broadly about the Priesthood and what it entails. Three books which are recommended to all Portsmouth Seminarians are:
by Fr Brett A. Brannen
To Save a Thousand Souls is a guide for men considering the priesthood. Many regard it as the standard “catechism for discernment,” with Bishop Barron calling is a “classic of the genre."
by Thomas McGovern
This book illustrates the richness of the Catholic priesthood by reference to the lives of ten men who, at different stages in history, committed themselves fully to follow Christ as laborers in His vineyard.
by Ven. Fulton J Sheen
Archbishop Sheen's writing on the High Priesthood of Christ shared by his Priests, in which the priest both offers the sacrifice and is the sacrifice which is offered.