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Priestly Life and Ministry

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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.

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

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 3rd.

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.  

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Homiletics Resources

The cover image from the Homiletic Directory from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.Homiletic Directory

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.



preaching-document-cover-150Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily

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.

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Important Links  

St. Luke Institute Presentation — Pastoral Care for Families: A Family Systems Approach

NOCERCC Presentation 2015

Presentation to ICCRC | September 2014

Presentation to ANSH | September 2014

Presentation from 2016 NFPC Convention

The Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests

Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests (New Edition)

Information for Priests Inquiring About Military Chaplaincies

Decrees of Promulgation

Congregation for Clergy

Other Links of Interest

National Organizations for Priests

Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)
Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests USA
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators(NACPA)
National Federation of Priests' Councils (NFPC)
National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC)
Asociación Nacional de Sacerdotes Hispanos (ANSH)

Centers for Ongoing Formation for Clergy

Pontifical North American College Institute
Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University
Sacred Heart Institute

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology's Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

Centers for Formation of International Clergy

Saint John Vianney Center: Education & Consultation Events
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology's Programs for International Priests

Statistical Data on Priestly Life and Ministry


Resources on the Sacrament of Confession


Causes of Canonization for Holy Priests

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.

Fulfilled in Your Hearing (PDF Version)

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