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.