To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasures; to be a member of every family, yet belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds; to go daily from men to God to offer Him their homage and petitions ; to return from God to men to bring them His pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to bless and to be blest forever. O God what a life, and it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!’ –Jean Baptiste Lacordaire, OP
A Diocesan priest is called from a community of faith to serve that community of faith as leader of prayer, as spiritual guide, and as a servant leader. There are three promises made by the diocesan priest. Obedience to the local bishop; celibacy (actually made at ordination to transitional deacon) and to pray for the people.
The majority of priests within the Diocese of Reno are diocesan priests.
A person studying to be a diocesan priest will go through five to seven years of theological formation. The time varies due to how much undergraduate philosophy is needed.
The time in formation also includes a "pastoral" year which is like an internship. The seminarian works within a parish for a year to get a taste of the life. This pastoral year generally occurs between the 2nd and 3rd theology years. As well, the seminarian will need to learn spanish or english (whatever is applicable) and take CPE.