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. The Solemnity will be celebrated on on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Pope Francis ordained 19 men to the priesthood April 26.
2021 Theme for the Ongoing Formation of Clergy
Personal Encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me." - John 6:56-57
As part of the 2021-2024 USCCB Strategic Plan, the USCCB is calling for a renewal of Eucharistic devotion throughout the United States. The Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is choosing annual themes for ongoing clergy formation to complement this initiative of the Conference. This year's theme focuses on the priests and deacons' relationship with Christ in the Eucharist. The goal is to strengthen the clergy's awareness of the great gift of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and their absolute need to allow the Eucharistic Lord to have a central place in their life and ministry. It is hoped that clerics will take this year as an opportunity to examine and renew their commitment to daily Eucharistic Adoration and the prayerful celebration of the Mass as encounters with Christ.
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.