The Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations assists the bishops of the CCLV Committee in responding to the pastoral needs of priests in the United States by doing research and developing drafts regarding the Committee's projects, implementing the Committee's decisions, developing communication about the Committee's activities, and by being available for consultation with individual dioceses and religious institutes. The Secretariat also assists the USCCB Committee on Child and Youth Protection which develops projects and resources to assist bishops in addressing matters 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 19, 2020.
Pope Francis highlighted the joy of priestly service during his homily for the 2020 Holy Thursday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Pope Francis ordained 19 men to the priesthood April 26.
2020 Theme for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy
Live on in My Love: Formation in Chaste Love - John 15:9
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. 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 marriage, ordained ministry, and consecrated life.
Letter of Pope Francis to Priests on the Feast of St. John Vianney
On August 4, 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis marked the 160th Anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney by addressing a letter to all priests throughout the world. In the letter, he encouraged his brother priests to not lose hope, entreated them to entrust themselves to Mary, the Mother of all Priests, and expressed his gratitude for faithful priests who continue to image Christ, the Good Shepherd, in their work and ministry.
The Homiletic Directory from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will help clergy renew their homiletic preaching. It answers the call from Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI to make education about preaching a priority for the Church.
In response to Pope Benedict XVI's call to improve the quality of preaching to overcome ignorance of and indifference to the faith, 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, catechesis and Church doctrine.
This special workshop and document is designed for key personnel in dioceses, eparchies and religious communities who are responsible for drafting and implementing policies regarding international pastoral ministers.
The Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests
Organized into three parts, these guidelines are to assist in developing local programs for the ongoing formation of priests. Part one focuses on the elements or dynamics of ongoing formation that are consistently present throughout priests' lives. Part two is divided into five sections and addresses tasks and dynamics of five key moments of priestly life and ministry (the first years of priesthood, priests in transition, the first pastorate, mid-life, and senior clergy). The final section looks at the formation of an entire presbyterate.