Year of the Priest
June 19, 2009 – June 19, 2010
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.
Prayer for Priests:
O Jesus, I pray for Thy faithful and fervent priests;
For Thy unfaithful and tepid priests;
For Thy priest laboring at home or
abroad in distant mission fields;
For Thy tempted priests;
For Thy lonely priests;
For Thy dying priests;
For the souls of Thy priest in purgatory.
But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me;
The priest who baptized me;
The priests who absolved me from my sins;
The priests at whose Masses I assisted,
And who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The priests who taught and instructed me,
Or helped and encouraged me;
All the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.
O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy Heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.
Cardinal Cushing – (1895-1970)
Archbishop of Boston 1944-1970