Year for Priests

Year for Priests:
June 19, 2009 – June 11, 2010

NEW! HM Television, together with the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy, presents Alter Christus, a fast-paced film on the many aspects of the priesthood in the life of the Church. Centered on the life of St. John Vianney, the topics covered range from the Priestly Identity to the Sacraments, from Celibacy to the Mission. The video is included in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.

 

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has declared this year the Year for Priests, “meant to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world.” (Letter Proclaiming a Year for Priests)

In a special way the Congregation of the Clergy is promoting and developing this pastoral initiative of the Holy Father.

The Year for Priests is not for priests alone – it is also an opportunity for consecrated and lay faithful to deepen their own spiritual lives through a renewed appreciation for the ministerial priesthood and a dedication to pray for the priests who bring them the salvific sacraments. Learn about ways to actively respond to the Holy Father’s intentions:

  • Make praying for priests a part of your daily prayer life.
  • Come to know about the lives of holy priests by reading the stories of great saints and blesseds from throughout the Church’s history.
  • Read about “spiritual maternity“and the role that Holy Hours offered for priests can make in the building up of the clergy in the 2007 document of the Congregation for Clergy. Eucharistic Adoration is an excellent way to support priests of the world.
  • Keep up with information about the Year for Priests on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website providing resources to help celebrate the Year for Priests.