June 22, 2010
Submitted by seminarian Jason Keas:
What a great sight to see — Pope Benedict blessing over 10, 000 priests in St. Peters Square in an open car after the Mass closing the Year for Priests!
Priests from all over the world fill St. Peter's Square as the Holy Father blesses them
It was a great privilege to be part of this historic year for priests. The seminarians were seated to the left of all the priests. We got to the section first and had excellent seats. How powerful it was seeing priests file to their seats — which took hours — before the Mass began. They came from all parts of the world, speaking many different languages, and their coming together to celebrate with the Pope was a witness of the unity and family of the Catholic Church. We didn’t get a translation of his homily until a few days later, so when we did, it was good to reflect again about the event of which we were a part.
June 9, 2010
“Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father from June 9-11, 2010.
With the announcement of this Year for Priests, the Pope has declared St. John Vianney the Universal Patron of Priests on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the Curé d’Ars.”
The above is from the “Year for Priests” website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information, here is the link:
May 4, 2010
This is an excerpt; for the full text, click here:
Every priest, every consecrated person, faithful to his or her vocation, radiates the joy of serving Christ and draws all Christians to respond to the universal call to holiness. Consequently, in order to foster vocations to the ministerial priesthood and the consecrated life, and to be more effective in promoting the discernment of vocations, we cannot do without the example of those who have already said “yes” to God and to his plan for the life of each individual. Personal witness, in the form of concrete existential choices, will encourage young people for their part to make demanding decisions affecting their future. Those who would assist them need to have the skills for encounter and dialogue which are capable of enlightening and accompanying them, above all through the example of life lived as a vocation. This was what the holy Curé of Ars did: always in close contact with his parishioners, he taught them “primarily by the witness of his life. It was from his example that the faithful learned to pray.” (Letter Proclaiming the Year for Priests, 16 June 2009).
May 27, 2009
On March 16, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a special Year For Priests would be inaugurated on June 19, 2009, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The seminarians of The Rome Experience will be able to participate in various events and conferences that will be taking place in Rome.