Priesthood Sunday - September 29, 2019

Celebrate 2nd Father’s Day! Yes, you heard right. Not only is there a Father’s Day to recognize our earthly fathers but a special day exists to give homage to our spiritual fathers, as well. World Priesthood Sunday is that special day and falls on September 29, 2019 this year.

Every day, your pastor or priest works hard helping your parish to grow and flourish – from the various ministries he oversees to all the Masses he celebrates and Sacraments he administers. On top of the spiritual aspects that need tending, the general business of running a parish – for instance, keeping all the buildings maintained – falls on the shoulders of your Pastor and his staff.

The priest occupies many roles and fulfills many duties at the parish, but his identity is far greater than would appear on the surface.

Pope Francis outlined the 7 Pillars of Priesthood as:*

  1. The strength of a priest depends on his relationship with Christ.
  2. Just as he must be close to Christ so the priest must be close to the people he serves.
  3. A priest’s authority must be linked to service, especially to the care and protection of the poorest, weakest, the least important and most easily forgotten.
  4. The priest must be a minister of mercy.
  5. The priest is called to simplicity of life.
  6. The priest must be a model of integrity.
  7. The priest is to be a source of blessing for his people.


Some Ideas to Show Your Priest How Much He Means to You!

  • Offer a spiritual bouquet for your Pastor and Parish Priests or other priests in your life
  • Organize a Pastor/Priest Appreciation Day and throw a party – many times a priest is celebrated when he’s leaving the parish but why not recognize him before the fact?
  • Gift your parish priest(s) with a subscription to:

More suggestions for how to honor your priest and additional information on Priesthood Sunday can be found on the websites below:

Serra International:

Vocation Ministry:

National Catholic Committee on Scouting:

Young adults share reflections on 'My Priest' - watch below



Are you being called?

Do you have questions about the priesthood or just want to learn more about what being a priest is like?
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