ADOPT A PRIEST

SPIRITUAL ADOPTION OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS

Adopt a Priest by making a pledge to pray for a priest daily with a prayer of your own choice.

Adoption can be undertaken for any priest for 12 months (this time can be extended at any time). This is done in response to our call as faithful to be in solidarity with our pastors and to answer the Church’s call for prayer for priests that they, united to the Heart of Christ, may always be true witnesses to the caring and merciful love of God.

“My children, as Mother I tell you: you cannot walk the way of faith and follow my Son without your priests. Pray that they have the strength and love to guide you. Your prayers are always with them. Thank you.” – Our Lady of Medjugorje said on July 2, 2019

Prayer by St. Faustina

O my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to you, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; you yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for you can do all things.

St. Therese’s prayer for priests “O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart”

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in Purgatory. But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who’ve absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I’ve assisted and who’ve given me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who’ve taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, especially ____ O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Prayer for Priests By St. John Vianney

God, please give to your Church today many more priests after your own heart. May they be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of your grace in the sacraments. May their loving devotion to your Son Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary his Mother be the twin fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry. Amen.
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