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The Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) serves the bishops' committee on CCLV which provides leadership regarding priestly life and ministry and to respond to the needs and concerns of priests. Throughout its history, the Committee has developed documents and other courses of action by which bishops have supported and challenged the life and ministry of priests. The Secretariat assists the Committee to fulfill its purpose by doing research and developing drafts regarding the Committee's projects, by implementing the Committee's decisions, by developing communication about the Committee's activities, and by being available for consultation with individual dioceses and religious institutes. The Secretariat also assists the Bishops' Committee on Child and Youth Protection which develops projects and resources to assist bishops in dealing with the problem of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and religious.
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 28, 2019.
Corresponding with this theme, please see the homily Pope Francis delivered on the joy of priestly service during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2018.
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 deacons, priests, and bishops renew homiletic preaching. It answers the call from Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI to make preaching a priority for the Church. The Homiletic Directory will strengthen appreciation for the homily as a tool to preach the Catholic faith.
In response to Pope Benedict XVI's call to improve the quality of preaching to overcome ignorance of and indifference to the faith, the Bishops of 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, the Church's doctrine and catechesis.
Ideal for priests, deacons, and those in formation for these ministries, this document offers a practical examination of the principal ingredients for effective homilies: the assembly, preacher, homily, and homiletic method.
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