“And his mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. And it was reported to Him, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see you.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God and keep it.’ ~Lk 19-21
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the “Year for Priests”, 2009, I launched the web-based ministry of Adopt-a-Priest, aimed at uniting priests, religious, and laity in a communion of prayer in support Catholic priests. This unitive ministry was my response to the Pastoral charity that I myself had received two years previously when priests in the Diocese of Spokane, Washington led religious and laity in a Stewardship of Prayer Campaign for the return of their separated brethren at Mt. St. Michael’s also in Spokane. It was directly through this campaign of prayer that I and others wounded in schism received the great grace of returning to full communion in the Church.
In 2009, just as the “Year for Priests” began, I launched the web-based Adopt-a-Priest apostolate on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This was in direct response to a plea from Rome for the spiritual support of Catholic priests (Letter on the Occasion of the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of 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.
Adopt-a-Priest current statistics:
- 352 active sponsors from eighteen countries including the United States
- 199 priests from 69 dioceses and 21 religious congregations in 24 countries worldwide
“We cannot do without a spiritual motherhood for our priestly life: let us entrust ourselves confidently to the prayer of the whole of Holy Mother Church, to the motherhood of the People, whose pastors we are but to whom are entrusted our custody and holiness; let us ask for this fundamental support.” cf: Letter on the Occasion of the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, May 7, 2008