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“This is My Body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of Me.” Luke 22:19

At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted both the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Orders. The Catholic priest is ordained by a bishop whose lineage goes back to the Last Supper through apostolic succession. The Church lives the command of Jesus to "Do this in memory of Me" through the priesthood. The priest, though a frail and sinful human, is empowered by the Holy Spirit to become an instrument of God's grace through the Sacramental life of the Church. He stands "in persona Christi."

If you are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life, and would like to talk with our pastor, Father David Vidal, please email him at

Diocese of Venice Vocations website: 


Father Shawn Roser

Director of Vocations & Seminarian Formation

Diocese of Venice: 941-484-9543

USCCB Secretariat for Vocations and Grassroots Films present: "Fishers of Men"

Being conformed to Christ means emptying ourselves so that God can fill us. 

Venerable Augustus Tolton

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