Priests for the Sanctity of Priests
“The formation of future priests, both diocesan and religious, and lifelong assiduous care for their personal sanctification in the ministry and for the constant updating of their pastoral commitment is considered by
the Church one of the most demanding and important tasks for the future of the evangelization of
humanity” (PDV 2).
Aware of the importance of a solid theological and spiritual formation, we work to have a good formation and we want to put the gifts received at the service of the Church.
We especially understand the need of a serious formation of the priests with whom we share the gift of Holy Orders. For this reason, we want to help other priests in their ministry and sustain them in their way of holiness. As John Paul II states: “The priestly vocation is essentially a call to holiness in the form which derives from the sacrament of orders. Holiness is intimacy with God; it is the imitation of Christ, who was poor, chaste and humble; it is unreserved love for souls and a giving of oneself on their behalf and for their true good; it is love for the Church which is holy and wants us to be holy, because this is the mission that Christ entrusted to her” (PDV 33).
For all Christians without exceptions, the radicalism of the Gospel represents a fundamental, undeniable demand. The same demand is placed on priests. They are called to live the evangelical counsels “in accordance with those ways and, more specifically, those goals and that basic meaning which derive from and express his own priestly identity” (PDV 27). As religious we can help priests in their path to evangelical perfection according to their own vocation.
Our religious virginity helps us to enlighten the priestly celibacy as a call to an exclusive and total love: “The Church, as the spouse of Jesus Christ, wishes to be loved by the priest in the total and exclusive manner in which Jesus Christ her head and spouse loved her. Priestly celibacy, then, is the gift of self in and with Christ to his Church and expresses the priest's service to the Church in and with the Lord” (PDV 29).
We offer our brother priests:
- Spiritual and theological formation to seminarians as well as priests in permanent formation
- Spiritual direction and direction of Spiritual Exercises according to the method of St. Ignatius.
- Collaboration in preaching missions, novenas, and lenten talks.