The theme for this year’s vocation promotion efforts in our diocese will be “priest as healer.” As you can see on the Diocese of Syracuse seminarian poster, this theme is directly connected to Bishop Lucia’s coat of arms. This theme is incredibly powerful in this chapter of our Church’s history. We can understandably forget that the call to the priesthood is specifically a call to the ministry of healing for the Body of Christ. The priest is called to be a healing presence for the community he serves.

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