A Pastoral Priest



The term “pastoral” comes from Latin pastoralis, a word from pāstor (“ shepherd”) and thus refers to the work and concern of the shepherd for his sheep. Jesus referred to himself as “the Good Shepherd,” and to those who believe in him, as his “sheep,” so the terminology is founded on the very words of Christ.

Timothy and Titus, 1 and 2, are known as the “pastoral epistles ” since they present a series of practical directives for the proper pastoral care of the Christian communities at Ephesus and Crete.

“Pastoral theology” includes everything connected with the priestly ministry to the faithful; it is a practical science which tries to apply the revealed truths of our faith, and the directives of the Magisterium, to the problems of daily living. Thus, the pastoral priest, according to this understanding, is a practical man who instructs and helps his people lead a fully Christian life so that they can finally attain eternal salvation.

Jesus is the supreme shepherd of the flock (Church) who has a threefold office: prophet (teacher), priest (sanctifier) and king (ruler). Pope, bishop, and priest, all share in that threefold office, and so continue it in history. Traditionally, the duties of a pastor have been enumerated in terms of those three functions:

(1) To instruct the faithful in the truths of revelation and Christian doctrine.

(2) To sanctify the people by administering the sacraments.

( 3) To rule, or lead, them in things pertaining to faith and the Church.

PIC: Fr. Robert Mkandawire (a Pastoral Priest), longest serving priest and Curate at St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish, Mzuzu Diocese. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU FATHER. LONG LIVE and continue KUCHISHA.

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