Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010.

With the announcement of this Year for Priests, the Pope has declared St. John Vianney the Universal Patron of Priests on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the Curé d’Ars.

Please pray for our priests that they might always be faithful to their sacred calling:

Most gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops,
whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity,
self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people.

May our spiritual fathers be guided
by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul,
all the Apostles and their saintly successors.
Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict,
hope in time of trouble and sorrow,
and steadfast love for you, for their families,
and for all your people throughout the world.
May the light of your Truth shine through their lives
and their good works.

Assist all spiritual fathers,
that through your Grace
they may steadily grow in holiness
and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth.
May they generously impart this knowledge t
o those who rely on them.

Through Christ our Lord.

-- usccb.com


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Anonymous said...

With you, Sal, Jay, Conrad, Seamus, and Andy as examples of our "priests" of today, God's Flock could not be in better hands.

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