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St. Annibale Maria Di Francia-Patron of Vocations

Blessed Pope John Paul II described St Annibale Maria di Francia as “an anticipator and precursor of the modern pastoral care of vocations” St Annibale Maria Di Francia         St Annibale Maria Di Francia Annibale was born in Messina on 05 July 1851. His parents were Francesco Di Francia and Anna Toscano. …

Prayer of St. Annibale Maria Di Francia For Vocations

O Most Holy Virgin, You have kept in Your Immaculate Heart the Divine Command of Jesus: “Pray therefore to the Master of the Harvest to send laborers to His Harvest” and You have raised all priestly and apostolic vocations, which have bloomed in the Church at all times We ask of You this Spirit of …

Catholic Priest: Created for Souls

The Sacred Heart and the Priesthood by Mother Louise Margaret Claret de la Touche   Catholic Priest: Created for Souls Love for souls reigns in the heart of the priest, as in the Heart of Jesus, for these two hearts, united in the same loves, henceforth form but one. Before all, the priest loves souls …

The Necessity Of The Catholic Priesthood

The Necessity of the   Catholic Priesthood Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Our present conference   is on the necessity of the Catholic priesthood. Implicit in everything that   Father Gerald Fitzgerald thought, wrote and did was his deep conviction that   the Catholic priesthood is absolutely and I mean absolutely necessary. Necessary to carry …

Respect For The Priesthood

Respect for the Priesthood Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Christ instituted the sacrament of the priesthood for three reasons, three fundamental reasons. The first reason is so that the Holy Eucharist would be possible. We need the Priesthood in order to have the Holy Eucharist: the Sacrifice sacrament of the Mass; the Communion sacrament of …

The Priesthood And The Eucharist

The Priesthood and the Eucharist by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. The priesthood in the Catholic Church is identified with many things because over the centuries in the Church’s history there have been priests engaged in a variety, a bewildering array of enterprises. As I look over the roster of the great Jesuits in the …

The Priesthood And The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass

The Priesthood and the Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. By now, there must be as many definitions of the priesthood as there are dictionaries in print. But in the Catholic Church, the priest exists for one main purpose: to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass. There would be no Catholic …

The Priest as Soldier In The Army Of The Lord

Jun07 The Priest as Soldier in the Army of the Lord By: Msgr. Charles Pope Back in the early 1980s I was in college,  majoring in computer science, and dating a beautiful young woman. An older priest, Msgr. Curlin told me that he thought I was called to be a priest. I was puzzled as …

Priests Must Live A Martyr’s Life

Priests Must Live a Martyr’s Life Transcription of a conference given by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.     The Catholic priest in the modern world can he be martyred for his faith in the priesthood? No words of mine, nothing I could say, if I spoke for fifty years, would be too clear, that …

Unforgettable Images Of The Priesthood

Daily News Unforgettable Images of the Priesthood COMMENTARY by  TOM HOOPES06/17/2012 ) Another year, another celebrity priest ends his career in scandal. No doubt  there are many cautionary lessons to learn from these sad stories about the  spiritual dangers of fame and the need to always watch and pray. But I learned  something else. It occurred …

“The Dignity and Duties Of The Priest” (excerpt) By St. Alphonsus Liguori

“The Dignity and Duties of the Priest” (excerpt) by St. Alphonsus Liguori The Dignity of the Priesthood I Idea of the Priestly Dignity In his epistle to the Christians of Smyrna, St. Ignatius, Martyr, says that the priesthood is the most sublime of all created dignities: “The apex of dignities is the priesthood.” St. Ephrem …

23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar

« Submitting Your Will to God’s Perfect Will Takes . . .   Do Not Allow Work, Worries, and Anxieties To Become… » 23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray. “Why a priest should wear his Roman collar.” The Roman collar is a sign …

Fr. Michel-Marie, A Cassock in Deep Marseille, City of France

Fr. Michel-Marie, a Cassock in Deep Marseille The life, works, and miracles of a priest in a city of France. Who has made the faith blossom again where it had withered by Sandro Magister ROME, December 4, 2012 – The title of this article is the same one that “Avvenire” gave to a feature report …

Meet 10 of the World’s Most Amazing Priests

Meet 10 of the world’s most amazing priests As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives By Mary O’Regan on Wednesday, 4 July 2012 In This Article Fr Andrew Apostoli, Fr Anthony Pinizzotto, Fr Chris Riley, Fr Emmanuel Katongole, Fr George Grafsky, …