Let us reflect in our hearts, on the greatness of the Holy Priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. Let us wonder at the fact that the priest has been given the power, by God, to forgive sins. Let us rejoice that during the Consecration in the Mass, in the ultimate expression of love, God gives priests the power to change simple bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This calling to serve others – “in persona Christi”—is a tremendous responsibility with regard to the destiny of immortal souls. Thus, it is incumbent upon us, the lay faithful, as members of the Body of Christ, to intercede for these chosen, priestly souls.
On 12/8/07, the document “Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity” was released by the Vatican Congregation of the Clergy. It is from this document, which expresses encouragement from the highest levels of the Church, that we embark on the following ministry in support of current priests and seminarians and those to come in the future.
The mission of “Pray for my Priest” is to organize faithful Roman Catholics to put the spiritual care of all priests in their diocese at the forefront of their prayer life and life of good works. It is our goal to ensure that all priests, religious and diocesan, active and retired, as well as all seminarians, be matched with at least one spiritual mother, a woman of prayer, who will raise her priestly son up to God unceasingly in prayer and sacrifice. Additionally this Spiritual Motherhood will be mystically enhanced with the formation of Eucharistic Adoration Cenacles, comprised of all of the lay faithful, who will also lift up priests and seminarians in prayer to God, through a weekly hour of Adoration in each parish, specifically for that purpose.
It is our hope that this website will be the “spark that ignites” the lay faithful to establish similar programs for priests in their local diocese. Initially, this mission may appear overwhelming, but the words of St Francis of Assisi can become a motto, “start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”