Priest Appreciation

With Boston’s 2010 Priest Appreciation Dinner coming up this Thursday and because today is the day when most Catholics are in church and see their local parish priests, we are taking a moment to thank the many outstanding priests in Boston for their ministry AND to invite you to “shout out” the same on this blog.

To be fair, we and a lot of our readers still have issues with the archdiocese and suggestions for improvement over clergy-related matters such the management of the Clergy Retirement Fund (which the Thursday dinner benefits), the anonymity of fund trustees, the compensation and qualification levels of those managing the fund, stabilization of the fund, how priests are often treated when on disability or infirm, changes to clergy benefits, the manner in which priests’ reputations are harmed when an unfounded claim of sexual abuse is made against them, retaliation against outspoken priests who call it like it is, the “independent contractor” employment status of clergy, and more.

But that all does not diminish our admiration and appreciation for the faithful, dedicated priests in Boston who give their lives to God and do so much–particularly in ministry at the local parish level and at colleges, hospitals, and with the poor–to continue the works and saving ministry of Jesus Christ  and to make His name known and loved.  Towards that end, we are asking our readers to do two things today and over the next few days.

First,  we invite you to “shout out” a compliment for a Boston priest who you appreciate via comments on this blog and spread the word about the priest appreciation “shout out.”   Suggested guidelines for those comments of appreciation can be found below.

Secondly, we invite you to pray this prayer for priests by St. Therese of Lisieux.

Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation
here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

Guidelines for Shouting Out Appreciation to Clergy

  • You may identify the priest as “Fr. A”, or you can mention his full name.  If a priest’s name is mentioned, that does not mean that the priest should be seen as associated with this blog in any way, that you or the priest is endorsing or supporting this blog, or that the priest is even aware of this blog.  It simply means that someone who knows the priest appreciates the good work of that priest and thought this was a useful venue for expressing that appreciation.
  • A short sentence or two indicating why you are grateful to this priest is also very welcome.
  • Please post comments only about priests who are in active ministry today or in senior priest status.
  • You can use your real name, first name and last initial, or post anonymously—it does not matter.
  • Responses to comments of clergy appreciation are OK only if you are agreeing with it and saying something positive.  If you have something negative to say about a priest who has been complimented, please do not post it here, as that will force us to moderate and clear every post from that point forward.

We hope and pray this turns out to be a positive effort.  Since we have no idea of what direction it will take, we reserve the right to moderate or shut-off comments at any time if we see this getting out of control or see agendas surfacing other than just expressing appreciation for the clergy.

17 Responses to Priest Appreciation

  1. LarryWriter says:

    father paul o’brien in lawrence. he shows that orthodoxy + creativity + hard work + love = growth of the church. his huge parish is majority young inner city people. no small thing. he uses his considerable media exposure to preach the faith of the church on the full scale of issues: poverty to pro-life to traditional marriage to immigrant rights. he speaks truth to power in the public sector, more importantly within the church. a very intelligent and funny guy, chooses to live poverty. father paul has been one of the most inspiring sources for the credibility of catholicism in new england in recent years.

  2. Many thanks to Father Paul McManus of St. Patrick’s in Lawrence for his great sermons, wonderful sense of humor and his always being willing to listen and help. A truly great priest very grounded in our faith and excited to share it with others. We have also been blessed with his great singing voice, guitar playing and his covering the outside of our inner city church with beautiful flowers especially his famous Morning Glories! The Spanish masses he does are packed as well. Love, Thanks and blessings for everything Padre Paul!

  3. Chris says:

    Let me add a Haitian priest who does services in Waltham at St. Mary’s for the Haitian community, Fr. Jean Pierre Aubin. He is stationed in Maynard, I believe (St. Bridget). I saw him in the days after the earthquake comforting his fellow countrymen, he is the most HUMBLE and caring servant of people — and he smiles almost all the time. God bless him.

  4. ajs says: says:

    Fr. Mike Kearney of St.Blaise Parish, Bellingham, deserves kudos for his great work. He recognized his own weakness which made him a strong advocate for people who suffer and hurt. He inherited a difficult situation with reconfiguration, but his patience and tireless work is a blessing. He has brought new life to his Parish.

  5. Church Mouse says:

    A shout out to Fr. John Sullivan of St. Mary, Melrose, for having the guts to the chaplain of the Courage group of the Archdiocese of Boston. This is a much needed ministry in an archdiocese and state that has a vital need for this apostolate.

  6. Mary Anne Letourneau says:

    Father Jason Worthley, tucked away at the far end of the diocese at Sacred Heart parish in Middleboro, Massachusetts. I appreciate his preaching and teaching real and not fake Catholicism, his genuine love for the Trinity, Our Lady and the Catholic Church. And his apostolate to what counts the most–souls in need of salvation. He is a hidden treasure. And, to top it off, he is only about 30 and offers a beautiful Mass in the “Extraordinary Form.” We travel out of our diocese on Sundays to attend it. Google his name to find his blog where you can listen to his sermons.

  7. Jennie says:

    Fr. O’Brien- Sacred Heart Parish in Quincy. A good shepherd to his flock.

  8. Jennie says:

    I’d also like to add Deacon Salanius of Sacred Heart in Quincy. A man of faith who is unafraid to speak the truth. Love his orthodoxy:)

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