Canon 13: Diocesan Priests
Diocesan Priests are priests residing and functioning within a
are obligated to show respect for the Presiding Bishop of the
Priests are obligated to show respect and obedience to their local
Unless they have
been excused by their ordinary or are impeded by law, all diocesan
priests are obligated to accept and faithfully fulfill the office
and duties entrusted to them by their ordinary.
diocesan priests are working for the same purpose, they are to be
united to one another in the bonds of prayer and collegiality and
are to cooperate with one another.
are to acknowledge and promote the mission of the laity within the
have a special obligation to seek holiness in their lives because
they have been consecrated to God and are stewards of the mysteries
of God in the service of His people.
priests are to nourish their spiritual life through the celebration
of the Eucharist and through the reading of Holy Scripture.
Diocesan priests are obligated to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
Diocesan priests are obligated to make spiritual retreats, to engage
regularly in mental prayer and to approach the sacrament of penance.
Diocesan priests are obligated to honor and engage in acts of
devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through prayer and in the
celebration of her particular Feasts.
are to behave with due prudence in relations to persons who company
could be a danger to the sacredness of their obligations and or
could lead to scandal of the faithful.
are encouraged to continue their studies and education after their
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