the priesthood


: the job of being a priest
He is entering the priesthood.
He decided to leave the priesthood.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Manriquez, now 70, is the mother of two lesbian daughters who supports female ordination to the priesthood. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2023 Amorth’s convoluted road to the priesthood included fighting as a partisan in World War II, getting a law degree and working as a journalist. Deepa Bharath, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2023 During the Mass, which recalls the origins of the priesthood and how Catholics take part in the Eucharist, Wesley was one of 12 men who had their feet washed by Hood to symbolize the love of Christ for his apostles and others. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2023 Blackwell was removed from the priesthood in 2004. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 In 1942, while Poland was occupied by the Nazis, John Paul II began studying for the priesthood at a secret underground seminary in Kraków. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 2 Apr. 2023 There have never been such gay vestments for the priesthood. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, 5 Mar. 2023 O'Connell studied for the priesthood at All Hallows College in Dublin and was ordained in 1979 to serve in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 22 Feb. 2023 Born in County Cork, Ireland, O'Connell studied for the priesthood at All Hallows College in Dublin and was ordained in 1979, according to the archdiocese. Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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“The priesthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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