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Encouraging priest to encounter more deeply the mercy of the Lord in their own lives; (e.g. as penitents in confession and as spiritual directees) and inspire priests to extend that mercy of the Lord, (e.g. as confessors and spiritual directors).
The Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) serves the bishops' committee on CCLV which provides leadership regarding priestly life and ministry and to respond to the needs and concerns of priests. Throughout its history, the Committee has developed documents and other courses of action by which bishops have supported and challenged the life and ministry of priests. The Secretariat assists the Committee to fulfill its purpose by doing research and developing drafts regarding the Committee's projects, by implementing the Committee's decisions, by developing communication about the Committee's activities, and by being available for consultation with individual dioceses and religious institutes. The Secretariat also assists the Bishops' Committee on Child and Youth Protection which develops projects and resources to assist bishops in dealing with the problem of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and religious.
The World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests takes place every year on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year the Solemnity is on Friday, June 23rd.
Corresponding with this theme, please see the homily Pope Francis delivered on the joy of priestly service during this year’s Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Homiletic Directory from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will help deacons, priests, and bishops renew homiletic preaching. It answers the call from Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI to make preaching a priority for the Church. The Homiletic Directory will strengthen appreciation for the homily as a tool to preach the Catholic faith.
In response to Pope Benedict XVI's call to improve the quality of preaching to overcome ignorance of and indifference to the faith, the Bishops of the USCCB issued this unique statement on the Sunday homily during the Year of Faith. The document is biblical throughout, drawing upon the examples of Jesus' preaching in the four gospels as well as the writings of St. Paul, and articulates the homily's relationship with the Scriptures, the Eucharist, the Church's doctrine and catechesis.
Blessed Father Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
Blessed Father Junípero Serra, O.F.M.
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga
Venerable Father Nelson Baker
Venerable Father Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap.
Venerable Father Michael McGivney
Venerable Father Felix Varela
Cardinal Terence Cooke
Archbishop Jan Cieplak
Bishop Simon Bruté
Bishop Francis Xavier Ford, M.M.
Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, O.A.R.
Bishop James Anthony Walsh, M.M.
Monsignor Jean Martin Eyraud
Monsignor Bernard Quinn
Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.
Father Magin Catalá, O.F.M.
Father Walter Ciszek, S.J.
Father Felix de Andreis, C.M.
Father Pedro de Corpa, O.F.M.
Father Juan Bautista de Segura
Father Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F
Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B.
Father Edward Flanagan
Father Theodore Foley, C.P.
Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin
Father John Hardon, S.J.
Father Issac Hecker, C.S.P.
Father Leo Heinrichs, O.F.M.
Father Emil Kapaun
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Father Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P.
Father Paul Michael Murphy, C.M.
Father Joseph Muzquiz
Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
Father Thomas Frederick Price
Father Stanley Rother
Father Augustus Tolton
Father Joseph Walijewski
Father Paul Wattson, S.A.
The Homily in the Sunday Assembly
Ideal for priests, deacons, and those in formation for these ministries, this document offers a practical examination of the principal ingredients for effective homilies: the assembly, preacher, homily, and homiletic method.
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