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A Priest’s Life

doing what God wants for them. Others write about their min- istries. Some have traveled the globe as evangelists, proclaiming the good news. Others are parish priests who faithfully, day in and day out, carry out their duties and often discover, much to their surprise, that they have been the catalyst to a changed life. Some of these stories relate a powerful moment in the ministry of that priest, such as caring for survivors of 9/11, praying with a person who is then healed, or hearing the confession of a per- son who has spent a lifetime away from the Church.

Though their ministries, their paths, and their years of service differ, these men share a common calling from God to serve him in the priesthood, and they all reflect the joy and fulfillment of living out that call. Whatever their story, all the priests who con- tributed to this book convey an energy and excitement about their lives, and in so doing, they honor every priest who seeks to live for the Lord and serve his Church. We hope that these stories will move you in one way or another, just as they have moved us. We are indebted to those who have taken time from their very busy schedules to write them.

Our Church needs priests who, like all of us, can find the time to nurture their own relationship with the Lord while at the same time serving others. It is only with the Lord’s power and grace that any of us can begin to live up to our vocations. We all need to support one another as we strive to live out the great calling that God has given to each of us in baptism.

In this Year for Priests and beyond, may we all remember to pray for our priests each day. May we remember to thank them for the work they do. May we encourage them with our love and support. May we also ask the Lord to shower his grace on


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