Year of the Priest
Crafted from the footprints the great Curé d’Ars left behind, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a letter to priests on the theme above; it launched the Year of the Priest on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 19 and gave direction for the event. As simple as touching and inspiring, it unveils the depths of the mystery and the ministry of the priesthood established by Jesus Christ on the eve of His Passion and Death.
Year for Priest Initiatives Flood Internet VATICAN CITY, JUNE 19, 2009 - The Congregation for Clergy is launching a new Web site for the Year for Priests, which begins today according to Zenit. The enthusiasm surrounding this occasion is echoing in initiatives across the globe.
THE POPE SPEAKS
POPE'S LETTER ON YEAR FOR PRIESTS
"The Priesthood Is the Love of the Heart of Jesus"
Dear Brother Priests,
On the forthcoming Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday 19 June 2009 - a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy - I have decided to inaugurate a "Year for Priests" in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the "dies natalis" of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests worldwide. This Year, meant to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a more forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world, will conclude on the same Solemnity in 2010.
CONGREGATIO PRO CLERICIS
Vatican City, 3rd April 2009
Prot. N. 20090980
Your Eminence, Your Excellency,
On the 16th March last, during the audience granted to the Members of this Congregation meeting in plenary assembly, the Holy Father Benedict XVI, “in order to encourage the striving for spiritual perfection of priests, on which, above all, the effectiveness of their ministry depends” kindly announced a special “Year of the Priest”, that will last from the 19th of June next, Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to the same date in 2010. It will be, in fact, the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint John Mary Vianney, the holy Curé of Ars, a true example of a Shepherd at the service of Christ’s flock (cf. Address of the Holy Father).
YEAR OF THE PRIEST
May 2nd, 2009
My dear Brother Bishops:
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of St.John Mary Vianney, Curé of Ars, Pope Benedict XVI has decided to celebrate a Year of the Priest, which he will solemnly inaugurate on June 19, 2009. The year is being celebrated, in the Pope’s own words, “to make the role and the mission of the priests in the Church and in contemporary society to be increasingly perceived.”