The education and formation of a priest is a lifelong process. More than ever before, priests across our diocese are asked to take on increased responsibility. In fact, 19 priests serve as pastoral leader of two or more partnered parishes. In addition to the spiritual leadership, guidance, and support that they provide to thousands of Catholic families, they are also responsible for managing and stewarding the financial resources of the parish.
For decades, the laity of our diocese have generously and capably supported the work of our priests through their volunteer efforts at all levels of parish life. However, it is essential that the diocese provides continuing education opportunities for priests, including degree programs, ongoing formation, and professional development.
Through Today’s Challenge ~ Tomorrow’s Hope, $1 million:
· Will fund ongoing graduate theological studies and advanced degree programs for priests, permanent deacons, and our diocesan seminarians.
· Will provide education in parish management and social services.
· Will promote growth for the Office for the Permanent Diaconate, established in 2005.
“The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!”
-Pope John Paul II