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Priestly Life and Ministry


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.

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.

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 2020.

Letter of Pope Francis to Priests on Feast Day of St. John Vianney

Bishops wait for the start of Pope Francis' celebration of the closing Mass of World Youth Day at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Poland, July 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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. 

Homiletics Resources

The cover image from the Homiletic Directory from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.Homiletic Directory

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.




preaching-document-cover-150Preaching 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 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.

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Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly | Order

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.

Other Homiletics Resources

Links and Resources for Priestly Ministry

National Organizations for Priests

Centers for Ongoing Formation for Clergy

Centers for Formation of International Clergy

Resources on the Sacrament of Confession

Causes of Canonization for Holy Priests

  • Blessed Father Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
  • Blessed Father Junípero Serra, O.F.M.
  • Blessed Father Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap.
  • Blessed Father Stanley Rother
  • Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
  • Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga
  • Venerable Father Nelson Baker
  • Venerable Father Michael McGivney
  • Venerable Father Felix Varela
  • Cardinal Terence Cooke
  • Archbishop Jan Cieplak
  • Bishop Simon Bruté
  • Bishop Francis Xavier Ford, M.M.
  • Bishop Alphonse Gallegos, O.A.R.
  • Bishop James Anthony Walsh, M.M.
  • Monsignor Jean Martin Eyraud
  • Monsignor Bernard Quinn
  • Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.
  • Father Magin Catalá, O.F.M.
  • Father Walter Ciszek, S.J.
  • Father Felix de Andreis, C.M.
  • Father Pedro de Corpa, O.F.M.
  • Father Juan Bautista de Segura
  • Father Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F
  • Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B.
  • Father Edward Flanagan
  • Father Theodore Foley, C.P.
  • Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin
  • Father John Hardon, S.J.
  • Father Issac Hecker, C.S.P.
  • Father Leo Heinrichs, O.F.M.
  • Father Emil Kapaun
  • Father Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, O.P.
  • Father Paul Michael Murphy, C.M.
  • Father Joseph Muzquiz
  • Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.
  • Father Thomas Frederick Price
  • Father Augustus Tolton
  • Father Joseph Walijewski
  • Father Paul Wattson, S.A.

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