Priestly Life & Ministry
"By sacramental consecration the priest is configured to Jesus Christ as Head and Shepherd of the Church, and he is endowed with a "spiritual power" which is a share in the authority with which Jesus Christ guides the Church through his Spirit." - Pope St. John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, no. 21.
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.
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Preaching 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 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.
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Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers
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.
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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.
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Guidelines for Priestly Ministry
Resources for Ongoing Formation/Mental Health Wellness
- 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
- SLI Connect (educational platform sponsored by St. Luke Institute)
- St. John Vianney Center
- Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology's Programs for International Priests