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Annual Theme for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy


As a part of the 2017-2020 USCCB Strategic Plan, the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has chosen an annual theme each year for the ongoing formation of priests and deacons.

2020 Theme: Live on in My Love: Formation in Chaste Love - John 15:9

Bishops wait for the start of Pope Francis' celebration of the closing Mass of World Youth Day at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Poland, July 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Inspired by the Gospel in which Jesus exhorts the disciples to keep his commandments and abide in his love, and in keeping with the teaching of St. John Paul II  in Pastores Dabo Vobis, this theme intends to cultivate the ongoing formation of a chaste heart in priests and deacons and encourage them to explore practical ways in which the Church can educate society about the value and joy of embracing a life of authentic chastity as expressed in the diverse vocations of ordained ministry, consecrated life, and marriage.

Resources for the 2020 Clergy Theme:

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