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Rev. Michael Doody

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Tel: 01274 677992
Email: michael.doody@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

 

Glimpse into Priesthood
 

Men who are thinking about offering themselves for the priesthood have always been impressed by the witness of a particular priest, and often more than one. They perceive something special about the priest, notwithstanding his human frailties. The Holy Spirit ignites within them a desire to follow his example.

 Accordingly, the best way to promote a culture of vocations is to invite priests to speak about their own vocational journey, or about an aspect of their ministry that brings them joy. A couple of years ago a number of priests in this diocese gave personal testimonies of this type, in addresses at deanery prayer services or in articles in the diocesan newspaper, and a good number appear below, in full or in the form of extracts. Their words have a lasting value; they are a source of encouragement to us all.

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January 2012  
A question of credibility

A question of credibility

Perhaps as never before, today the credibility of the priestly ministry depends on how much priests are themselves rooted in a lived unity, in a form of life that enables the priestly service to be a common witness, with the Lord himself, the One Priest, in our midst.


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January 2012  
A Person Who Has Charity

A Person Who Has Charity

St John Vianney wrote on charity:

A person who has charity is not proud; does not love to dominate others; can never be heard finding fault with their conduct; does not love to speak about what others are doing.

 


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April 2011  
Bishop David Konstant: Conquering ourselves to serve others

Bishop David Konstant: Conquering ourselves to serve others

 

The importance of self-discipline, especially in prayer, was emphasised by Bishop David Konstant in a recent talk to members of the discernment group. It is "essential for growth and essential for anyone who believes that he or she is called to the service of others," he said. The full text follows.


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July 2010  
The Church is missionary

The Church is missionary

At the annual Comboni Missionaries Open Day which was held at Leeds Trinity University College, Fr Bob Statton, MCCJ, preaching, described how mission lies at the heart of the life of the Blessed Trinity and therefore also of the Church. He stressed the importance of laying down our lives for the faith and mentioned that he knew personally 13 of the 25 Comboni missionaries who have been killed in recent times. The full text of his homily is given below.
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May 2010  

"The Fervour of a Priest's Life depends entirely on the Mass"

Mgr Billy Steele spoke to the discernment group on the above theme which was drawn from Pope Benedict's Letter proclaiming the beginning of the Year for Priests. Mgr Steele, who is a priest of this diocese, has contributed to ecumenical discussions at a national and international level and among other responsibilities has been dogma professor at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw and spiritual director at the venerable English College in Rome.


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May 2010  
Modelling ourselves on Christ

Modelling ourselves on Christ

The evangelical counsels - poverty, chastity and obedience - allow us to model ourselves on Christ, Mgr Philip Holroyd told members of the discernment group in April 2010. He described them as a "school of love" and a "prophetic witness in the modern world." The importance of the counsels was underlined by Pope Benedict in his Letter proclaiming the Year for Priests. For Mgr Holroyd's whole talk, please see overleaf.


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