Priests urged to reach beyond their comfort zone

October 17, 2011

Although the life of a parish priest has many rewards, it can lead some to become "quite narrow in their vision of the world that lies just beyond the confines" of that parish, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta told a symposium on the priesthood Oct. 5.

Gregory discussed the challenges and benefits of the diocesan priesthood in a talk at the symposium at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

The archbishop said parish priests can receive "immediate and frequently expressed affirmation" from their parishioners and become "grounded in the very lives of their people."

But they must guard against a tendency to "avoid trying to serve a world that is beyond their comfort zones," he added.