The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God. Because men’s communion with one another is rooted in that union with God, the Church is also the sacrament of the unity of the human race.” ~Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Church in God’s Plan, 775.
At the heart and center of our consecration is loving communion with God. This communion is built upon communion with one another through communion with the Church: “the sign and instrument of the communion of God and men” (CCC 780).
Through our apostolate, Adopt-a-Priest, the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Priests foster communion among the family of the Church by bringing priests, religious and laity together in a union of charitable prayer for one another. Adopt-a-Priest is therefore more than just a program for the spiritual adoption of priests – it is the living expression of our charism to help Jesus the Eternal Priest in his mission through the help that we give to priests in the New Evangelization.
The following are various ways in which we invite you to participate in our apostolic works. There is a place for everyone ~ please join us!
- Prayer & Sacrifice
- Eucharistic Adoration
- Spread the Word!
I invite you to join us in this important ministry of spiritual motherhood/fatherhood for priests by registering to become the sponsor of a priest through spiritual adoption. Anyone willing to pledge one year of daily prayer for a priest is eligible to register. Priests are likewise welcome to adopt fellow-priests. There is no financial commitment; the pledge that you make is entirely spiritual—a pledge to support in prayer and sacrifice the priest that I will assign to you.
To register for the spiritual adoption of a priest, and to learn more about the benefits and obligations of sponsors, please visit our Sponsors Page. (KAREN: CAN THIS BE MADE INTO A LINK?)
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I invite you to join me in daily prayer for priests. By becoming the sponsor of a priest this important ministry of praying for priests—those who offer their lives of consecrated service for my spiritual welfare and yours. In registering for Spiritual Adoption of a priest you pledge to offer one year of daily prayer for the priest that will be assigned to you.
Offering Prayer for Priests
Upon completion of your registration I will send you the following materials via email:
- Adopt-a-Priest Welcome Letter ~ for Sponsors
- Certificate of Spiritual Adoption
- Suggested Daily Prayer
- Prayer of the Week
These resources are optional, yet they provide a variety of prayers that you may find useful and inspiring.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the program and how it applies to sponsors.
I invite all Catholic priests to enroll as member-priests of our Adopt-a-Priest apostolate. Once enrolled, I am committed to finding sponsors for you annually and will notify you of each new Spiritual Adoption. This program requires no commitment on the part of member-priests; it is your faithful commitment of priestly service to Christ and to His Church that we gratefully support.
To enroll, and to learn more about how we support member-priests, please visit our Priests Page. (KAREN: CAN THIS BE MADE INTO A LINK?)
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Upon completion of your enrollment I will send you the following materials (via email):
- Adopt-a-Priest Welcome Letter ~ for Priests
- Priests’ Membership Card
- Notification of Spiritual Adoption
- Complimentary Subscription to the “Prayer of the Week” Newsletter
(Enroll Here –link)
Occasionally priests may be assigned more than one sponsor per year, depending on the current registration quota. I will be sure to notify you at the time of each new Spiritual Adoption.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the program and how it applies to priests.
It is the mission of Adopt-a-Priest to gather a “family” of generous supporters for priests from around the world—all with the common goal of supporting Jesus the Eternal High Priest by uniting prayer and sacrifice in support of His priests.
One of the primary ways that we can support priests is in the same way that Mary supported her Son in his mission, and that was through her faithful prayers. We too have the opportunity to help in her Son’s mission by supporting in prayer our priests who labor continuously in Christ’s mission field. We invite you as sponsors to join us in this support for priests by dutifully committing yourselves to daily prayer for your adopted priest. In so doing you support the entire priesthood as all are united under one head, Jesus the Eternal Priest.
Offering Sacrifice for Priests
In union with Christ, the priest offers the sacrifice of His entire life in the service of God and of the Church. As sponsors, we support priests in their lives of sacrifice by offering sacrifice of our own. It is not so much the greatness of the act that makes the sacrifice meaningful; rather, it is the love with which it is offered. There are any number of sacrifices that we can do on a daily basis. Here are some examples:
- Give up creamer or sugar in coffee
- Say an extra decade of a rosary for vocations
- Visit the elderly or home-bound
- Send a thank you card to your Pastor
- Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Fridays
- Do the dishes left behind in the sink
- Volunteer your services at your parish
- Fast a meal
- Pray a “Hail Mary” when tempted to complain
- Allow the person behind you in the checkout line to go first
- Attend weekday Mass(es)
- Make an effort to smile at those you meet today
- Sleep without a pillow
- Give up dessert
- Take dinner to a sick neighbor
- Offer to mow the grass or to shovel for an elderly neighbor
- Make a weekly hour of Adoration
- Send cards of gratitude to retired priests or stop by to visit them
- Do something nice for someone who has offended you
- Call a relative you have not spoken with in a while
- Thank your parents
- Take the time to gain a plenary indulgence for yourself and for one of the deceased during the Year for Mercy
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Spending time in the presence of Our Lord during Adoration can be a very rich and fruitful time of prayer and contemplation. Like Peter, James and John, we have the opportunity to accompany Jesus in the intimacy of prayer—to accept the invitation to watch with him, to speak to him, to listen to Him.
Besides daily Adoration, the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Priests, offer a special hour of Adoration each Holy Thursday in thanksgiving for the gift of the Eucharist and for the gift of the Priesthood. It is during this Holy Hour that we offer public adoration, reparation, and thanksgiving for Christ’s willing sacrifice and for that of all priests who unite their lives to his ~ particularly for our member-priests whose names are placed upon the altar during the vigil.
We encourage all sponsors to make a weekly hour of Adoration and to pray for your Adopted priest’s intentions. We also recommend, if possible, that you make a Holy Hour of Adoration on Holy Thursday to intercede with us for priests. May Christ reward you!
Our Adopt-a-Priest apostolate is privileged to count among it numbers dedicated sponsors and member-priests from dioceses and countries all across the globe. Our most current statistics are as follows:
- 352 active sponsors from eighteen countries including the United States
- 205 priests from 70 dioceses and 21 religious congregations in 24 countries worldwide
We invite you to help spread the word by telling others about this important ministry in support of Catholic priests!
“One of the radical aspects of the New Evangelization is precisely this: a living communion of persons (the fruit of conversion) is the proper subject of evangelization. The Prime Evangelizer is Jesus Christ and His Spouse, a living communion. The New Evangelization is not accomplished by individuals, but by the family of the Church acting in the world precisely as a family–a communion of persons.” ~The Living Tilma: Consecration for the New Evangelization. Introduction to Pt III: Knowledge of Mary.