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Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving The Church Today

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2003 non-fiction book by Michael S. Rose

Priest By author: Michael S. Rose       Attacks on the priesthood have grown unrelenting in recent years, as incidents of sexual misconduct reveal chronic, deeply-rooted flaws in seminaries, rectories, and chanceries across … see full wiki

Author: Michael S. Rose
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Date Published: July 2003
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A reminder that there are still lots of good priests serving in our midst.

  • Jan 1, 2009
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They serve in every just about every community across the land. Most do not bring attention to themselves. They are 25, 40 or 70 years old. Typically they work 12-18 hour days and are always on call. And due to a combination of factors they have been asked to take on more responsibilities than ever before.  They are educators, preachers, chaplains and pastors. They are Catholic priests and in his latest book Michael S. Rose introduces us to 10 of these good men.

With all of the infuriating and heart-breaking stories of sexual abuse by priests dominating the headlines over the past several years Michael Rose saw a need to step back, take a deep breath, and talk about the good that the overwhelming majority of our Catholic priests are doing on a daily basis. The other side of the story needs to be told!  He portrays ten of these men and gives us insight on the daily lives of each of them. They hail from varied backgrounds and each brings a unique set of talents, abilities and insights to their ministries. Many serve in inner city parishes, schools, hospitals and prisons--wherever they are needed.  Others serve in remote places overseas. Admittedly, a vocation to the priesthood in these troubled times is going to be challenging to say the least. One of the subjects of this book, Fr. Timothy Vaverek said it best when he observed that the priesthood is not for "the faint of heart". And Fr. John McCloskey, who spent many years as a chaplain at liberal Ivy League universities believes that priests are "the Navy Seals, the Army Rangers, the Green Berets of the Catholic Church."  To a man, the 10 priests featured in this book believe that the key to solving many of the Church's problems is a return to orthodoxy by both the clergy and the laity.

If you are a young man discerning a vocation to the priesthood this is essential reading.  Read about the lives these men lead and see if you might have what it takes to be a priest.  You will see that what each of these men have in common is a commitment to prayer, hard work, generosity and sacrifice.   Do you have the right stuff?

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