Boston’s Celebration of the Priesthood dinner is this Thursday, September 22, and for the second year, we are inviting you to “shout out” your appreciation to a priest in the comments section of the blog.
The Boston Pilot reports the following about the dinner and fundraising efforts:
On Sept. 22, the Archdiocese of Boston will host the Celebration of the Priesthood, its third annual dinner in recognition of priests, at the Seaport World Trade Center.
The proceeds of the event will directly benefit the Clergy Funds, which supports the health, financial and retirement benefits of the nearly 700 active and senior priests in the archdiocese.
“The Celebration of the Priesthood is an annual event that honors the priests who serve in our parishes, ministries, and communities. They bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our Catholic family and ask for little in return. We owe it to them to continue to do what we can to raise the critical funds that support the costs associated with maintaining their health and well-being throughout their ministry and into their senior years,” said Father Richard Erikson, former vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese.
Although BCI still has concerns with the manner in which the Archdiocese treats the presbyterate–including the new 401K-style retirement plan in the works for clergy–BCI has tremendous admiration 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 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.
- You are welcome to include a short sentence or two indicating why you are grateful to this priest.
- 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.
Please, no comments on this post about anything other than apprecition for specific priests.