The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

The Year for PriestsYear of the Priest

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 on June 19, 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" (from the USCCB). The Catholic News Service reports: "[Pope Benedict] said he hoped priests would use the year and its special events to deepen their commitment to their own renewal 'for the sake of a more forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world.'"

Pictured at right is the official icon commissioned by the USCCB.  Log on to the USCCB’s website at web and go to the “Year for Priests” icon to download a beautiful holy card for the occasion from the Knights of Columbus.

We are blessed in the Archdiocese of Atlanta with over 250 priests including eight newly-ordained priests in 2009. Please join the whole Church in praying for all of our dedicated priests!

Interested in forming your own parish vocation committee please visit web page the USA Council of Serra International. They have a amazing vocation promoting programs.

Please join us in celebrating Priest Sunday on October 25th, 2009.

Stay tuned for more information on the “Year for Priests.”

Praying For Priests

pdf Spiritual Bouquet Postcards: Sample postcards that can be printed out and used by individuals or parishes.  The postcard may be sent to a priest as a sign of a spiritual bouquet of prayers offered on his behalf.

book cover Free Guide for Praying for the Priesthood Priest SundayClick on cover for larger view. You may order up to 5 books with free shipping.

Additional Oppportunities To Make This Year Special For Priests

pdf Dinner and Fellowship Invite at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on June 25, 2010

Additional Information

web page The Year For Priests Prayer Calendar

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web page USA Council of Serra International

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flashvid Video Tributes to Our Priests

web page Papel Homily at End of Year for Priests - [Vatican website]


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