Newly ordained priest Fr. Anthony Yates is currently on his first assignment at St. Simon the Apostle Church in Green Park Mo. With 1687 families and only two priests, the parish life keeps Fr. Yates busy.
Fr. Anthony Yates ties his cincture, a liturgical garment symbolizing spiritual watchfulness, as he prepares to say Mass at St. Simon the Apostle Parish in Green Park MO Sunday, November 14, 2010. With each symbolic garment, he recites a specific prayer to help him prepare to celebrate the Mass.
Fr. Anthony Yates glances in the mirror in the Sacristy before saying Mass Sunday morning.
Fr. Anthony Yates follows Deacon Paul Stackle in the procession into Mass Sunday morning.
Fr. Anthony Yates chats with parishioners at Donut Sunday in the parish center of St. Simon the Apostle.
Fr. Anthony Yates peeks into St. Simon the Apostle Church with parish children as they wait for their parents after Sunday Mass.
Fr. Anthony Yates blesses a rosary for one of his parishioners at St. Simon the Apostle Church after Sunday Mass.
After Mass, Fr. Anthony Yates visits homebound members of his parish and brings them the Eucharist.
During a home visit, Fr Anthony Yates prays with the infirmed and offers a blessing.
When Fr. Anthony Yates isn't meeting with his parishioners, he spends time in his office jumping between his phone, computer, and paperwork.
Fr. Anthony Yates' bookshelf is packed with guides for the many sacraments and religious services he provides to his parish.
Fr. Anthony Yates leads a lesson on the Hail Mary in Mrs. Woods' first grade class at St. Simon the Apostle Parish School on Monday, November 15, 2010. Each Monday, Fr. Yates teaches a one hour lesson to a different grade level.
Fr. Anthony Yates runs across the parish center while playing a game with the St. Simon the Apostle Youth Group Monday evening.
Fr. Anthony Yates prays lauds with Fr. Erich Fechner, Pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish, and two seminarians. The liturgical prayer is part of the divine office which is considered the prayer of the Church and is intrusted to the priests and religious throughout the world.
Each year hundreds of young men around the world like Fr. Anthony Yates offer their lives in service to the Church by answering the call to the priesthood.
A Day in the Life of a Newly Ordained Priest
The Catholic Church recently celebrated the Year of the Priest. Priests dedicate their lives to the Church, offering it a vital service. They serve a special function, standing in the person of Christ (in persona Christi) when performing the sacraments and preaching the Word. While many are familiar with this function, a priest’s duties extend much farther than his sacramental ministries.
To gain a deeper understanding of the role of the priest in the modern Church, I documented an average day in the life of a newly ordained priest. I hope that this photo story may expand your understanding of the great sacrifices that these men make and the extent of their service that they offer to the Church.