This essay attempts to recover the pastoral office of ordained ministry by drawing upon selected passages from Sacred Scripture and entering into dialogue with important magisterial documents as well as the works of contemporary theologians. It concludes by providing a theological account of priestly presence as a constitutive part of ordained ministry, without which the sanctifying and governing duties of the priest lose much of their theological grounding.
Matthew T. Janeczko, OFM Cap is a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of Saint Mary (NE/NY), enrolled at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He is the process of completing his Master of Divinity (M.Div) in preparation for ordaination to the priesthood. He is also a candidate for the License of Sacred Theology (STL) in systematic theology.