the priesthood


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

Examples of the priesthood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast to older vocations, such as the priesthood, many people still dream of being journalists, nurses and teachers. Matthew Powers, The Conversation, 25 June 2024 In a 2005 document, released under Francis' late predecessor Benedict XVI, the Vatican said the Church could admit into the priesthood those who had clearly overcome homosexual tendencies for at least three years. Alvise Armellini, USA TODAY, 28 May 2024 Thank heavens Scorsese rejected the priesthood and followed a higher calling. 30. Will Leitch, Vulture, 8 Mar. 2024 This spring, nine men were ordained to the priesthood in Milwaukee, the most since 1992. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2024 His family’s deep faith inspired his choice to join the priesthood. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 1 June 2024 The church leaders were discussing whether the church should admit gay men to Catholic seminaries in preparation for the priesthood. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 29 May 2024 The pontiff, 87, reportedly said a derogatory term in a meeting with members of the Italian Bishops’ Conference in Rome on May 20, while discussing the subject of whether gay men should be welcomed into the priesthood. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 According to a previous release from the archdiocese, the men received at least seven years of formation for the priesthood. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 19 May 2024

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