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Being a Priest Today

Author : Christopher J. Cocksworth
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This work on priestly identity embraces the many contemporary varieties of priestly ministry and is aimed at priests, priests in training and those considering the ministry.

Being a Priest Today

Author : Christopher J. Cocksworth
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Presents work on priestly identity embracing the contemporary varieties of priestly ministry. Aimed at priests, priests in training and those considering the ministry, this title examines the root, the shape and the fruit of priestly identity, and is applicable to various denominations. It takes into account the new Church of England Ordinal.

Teaching and Learning God s Love

Author : Joseph Ratzinger
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This inspiring collection of homilies delivered by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) over six decades offers deep theological and historical insights on the meaning of the life and the witness of a Catholic priest. When Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year for Priests in 2009, he did so in conjunction with celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests. Benedict's purpose for that special year is the same purpose of this book of homilies—to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world. As St. John Vianney would often say, "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus." This touching expression makes us reflect on the immense gift that priests represent, not only for the Church but for all mankind. Contemporary men and women need priests to be distinguished by their determined witness to Christ. These homilies are meant to illuminate and to inspire priests to renew their commitment to "teaching and learning the love of God". The homilies cover a wide variety of important topics on the priesthood, all deeply rooted in Scripture, including acting in persona Christi, becoming an offering with Christ for the salvation of mankind, being there for God's mercy, and witnessing Christian joy.

Being a Deacon Today

Author : Rosalind Brown
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In very practical and helpful terms, Rosalind Brown explores what it means to be a deacon in today's church. All too often the time spent as a deacon is seen simply as the prelude to priestly ordination. Yet the Bible defines three orders of ministry - deacon, priest, and bishop - each with its own distinctive characteristics and responsibilities. In Being A Deacon Today, Brown explores the three places where deacons minister (the church, the world, and at the margins), the three strands of their ministry (in liturgy, in pastoral care, and as catechists), and the three actions of their ministry (praying, loving, and remembering). This book, excellent for classroom use and for transitional and permanent deacons, will restore a fuller understanding of the diaconal ministry and nurture deacons in their work and spiritual life.

The First Five Years of the Priesthood

Author : Dean R. Hoge
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The First Five Years of the Priesthood reports what was learned from interviews with five hundred priests who were within five years of ordination and seventy-two recently ordained priests who had resigned. The research indicated that 10 to 15 percent of priests resigned within the first five years of their ministry due to loneliness, feelings of being unappreciated, problems of celibacy, and disillusionment. The priests who remained active reported that satisfaction with their ministry came particularly from presiding at the Eucharist, preaching, and teaching.

Being a Priest Today

Author : Donald Goergen
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Being a Priest in Ireland Today

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About Being a Priest

Author : Federico Suárez
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The Life and Work of a Priest

Author : John Pritchard
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Having managed during his eventful time as a vicar to become a footnote in ecclesiastical history (!), John Pritchard's current role as a 'jobbing bishop' ensures he is in contact with many parish priests every week. In this lively and hopeful volume, he realistically maps out the life and work of those called to serve God in the pastoral ministry, looking in turn at the only three things he believes need be of concern: the glory of God, the pain of the world, and the renewal of the Church. From those flow the priest's many roles, such as spiritual explorer, multi-lingual interpreter, wounded companion, friendly irritant, creative leader and mature risk-taker.

Simple Priesthood

Author : Sean Connolly
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What does it mean to be a Catholic priest working in a parish today? Fr. Sean Connolly reflects with great honesty on his vocation and how he has coped with the demands and expectations on him. In the second part three priests and one deacon reflect on what being a priest means to them. Priests, those considering the priesthood and lay readers will find this book a valuable insight into this most wonderful calling.

Priesthood in the Modern World

Author : Karen Sue Smith
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Coming to terms with more than cultural shifts and 'grim statistics, ' this collection of essays looks at the challenge of priestly ministry that is collaborative and communal

The Joy of Being a Priest

Author : Christoph von Cardinal Schonborn
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This insightful book on the priesthood is based on a series of six talks that Cardinal Schönborn addressed to an international group of priests in Ars, the village where the famed St. John Vianney served as pastor. Vianney, known as the Curé of Ars, is the patron of the Year For Priests announced by Pope Benedict XVI. In these talks, the Cardinal summarized the vocation, challenge, and joy of the priesthood, drawing on the life of the Curé of Ars, the writings of St. Thérèse of Liseux, St. Faustina Kowalska, and many other saints and holy people.Gathered together in this short but profound volume, these insights by the highly respected theologian and spiritual writer Cardinal Schönborn will inspire the priest as well as the layman, giving sage counsel to all who are striving for perfection in their vocation. The Cardinal speaks on the vocation to the priesthood; the importance of mercy, prayer, and spiritual combat; the Eucharist; preaching and the mission of the priest; and the importance of Our Lady to priests.

Happy Being a Priest

Author : Father Ray
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The Theology of Priesthood

Author : Donald J. Goergen
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By engaging in conversation with those whose experience, perspectives, and theological traditions vary from their own, the contributors to The Theology of Priesthood explore in detail the fundamental questions being asked about the ordained priesthood today. Priests, deacons, and students of theology will find these articles an engaging means to understanding Church, ministry, and priesthood more deeply. The Theology of Priesthood includes ten essays that explore facets of ordained ministry and the ministerial priesthood. Paul Philibert, OP, begins with an overview of issues involved in the contemporary discussion on priesthood within the Roman Catholic tradition. Frank Quinn, OP, addresses the significance of language as it pertains to priesthood and ministry and how language is manifested in rites of ordination. Thomas O'Meara, OP, situates the discussion on priesthood within the context of an expansion of ministry in the Church since Vatican II and the implications of this expansion for ministry in the future. Stephen DeLeers articulates a theology of priesthood grounded in Vatican II and post-Vatican II documents which focuses on the primacy of preaching. Thomas Rausch, SJ, then takes up the issue of diversity within ministerial priesthood as he reflects on priesthood within the context of apostolic religious life. Jack Risley, OP, returns to the question of the relationship between ordained ministry and lay ministry. The final three articles reflect on ordained ministry from distinctive perspectives. Benedict Ashley, OP, takes the Letter to the Hebrews as his starting point. Paul Wesche looks at priesthood through the lens of an Eastern Orthodox priest. Donald Goergen, OP, asks what insights African theology, specifically African Christology, might offer a contemporary Catholic theology of priesthood. Paul Philibert, OP, provides a concluding reflection. Donald J. Goergen, OP, is a preacher, teacher, lecturer, author, and theologian who taught systematic theology for many years. He was also previously the provincial for the Dominican friars of the Central Province. He is the editor of A Theology of Jesus series, and Being a Priest Today published by Liturgical Press.

On Being a Fulfilled Catholic Priest

Author : Cornelius Uche Okeke
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This book presents the priesthood as a call to love and to intimate relationship with God and with the Christian community. It powerfully articulates the elements that distract and detract from pastoral charity. It also offers invaluable insights on how to become fulfilled as priest as well as efficient and effective in ministry. Though focused on the priesthood, the lay faithful can gain a lot for themselves by interacting with the reflections contained therein. -Fr. Lawrence Nwankwo (S.T.D.), Secretary Bishop of Awka Diocese Whereas frustrated and unfulfilled priests harm themselves and the people to whom they come in contact, fulfilled priests are blessings to the Church and they glorify God. I pray that the readers of this book, the Catholic priests in particular, will take the time to reflect on the contents of this book, reflect on their lives and come to a deep appreciation of their special calling, and find meaning and fulfilment therein. -Euchay Onyeizugbo (Ph.D) Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. This is a work of inestimable value for today, tomorrow and subsequent generations. It is a remarkably coherent picture of the identity of the Catholic priesthood and compliments the Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis. It is an indispensable treasure that will nourish priests in their spirituality and ministry. -Fr. Christian Amogu (S.T.D.) Pope John Paul II Major Seminary, Okpuno Awka, Nigeria.

Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast

Author : James Valladares
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The clergy abuse scandal has posed the greatest threat to the traditional understanding of the Catholic priesthood since the Protestant Reformation. Now, as then, the deadliest attacks are coming from within the Church. In an attempt to improve a system that allowed a small minority of the clergy to violate children and ameliorate the gross negligence of some bishops who recycled these predators, the American bishops instituted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002. It is, unfortunately, doing the Church more harm than good. In Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast, Fr. James Valladares shows how justice and charity have been violated by some bishops in dealing with accused priests. He examines the pertinent canons that guide the Church's judicial system and finds that these are often ignored or wrongly applied. He provides true cases that highlight the injustice of the process and the agony of priests who have been subjected to the charter's draconian mandates. The Church has incurred tremendous financial losses because of settlements rising from both legitimate and false claims. Her image has been marred by the secular media, which has taken advantage of the crisis. Even so, we often fail to understand how trivial these are in comparison to the damage done to the priesthood by the enactment of the charter's policies. This is the most pressing issue that the bishops need to address.

Gays and Grays

Author : Donal Godfrey
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This book tells the story of a unique Catholic Parish, Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco. The story tells how the original parishioners (the gray) accepted the new gay community, especially in response to the AIDS epidemic.

Can Words Express Our Wonder

Author : Rosalind Brown
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Can Words Express Our Wonder? is written to help preachers recognizse and put to use the rich array of gifts and resources they have been given for the exercise of this ministry, whether week by week with a local congregation, as an occasional or supply preacher, or at critical times in people's lives at pastoral services.

Holding Together

Author : Christopher J. Cocksworth
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The long-awaited and timely new book from a highly regarded evangelical writer explores Christian identity in all its fullness - being and living in a way that holds together the gospel with the life of the church and the life of the Spirit.With the tendency for evangelical Christians to focus primarily on the gospel and catholic Christians to emphasise the importance of church, these traditions have sometimes been unnecessarily forced apart. This bridge-building book explores the notion that biblical gospel, catholic church and powerful Spirit are the fundamental realities of Christian existence that all need to experience together.In different ways, each chapter of "Holding Together" attempts to hold the gospel together with the church, and to hold the gospel and the church together with the Spirit as it explores different approaches to key areas of doctrine and practice: Scripture and tradition; Justification; Church; Mary; Worship; Baptism and Eucharist; and Mission. Here, often sharply contrasting positions in evangelical and catholic theology face each other so that they can listen to each other in the Spirit and discover their fundamental complementarity.Its vision of a catholic evangelicalism in the Spirit is theologically exciting and spiritually compelling.

Women and Ordination in the Orthodox Church

Author : Gabrielle Thomas
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Contributing Authors: Fr. John Behr Dr Spyridoula Athanasopoulou-Kypriou Dr. Dionysios Skliris Fr. Andrew Louth Dr Mary Cunningham Met Kallistos Ware Rev Dr Sarah Hinlicky Wilson Dr Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald Dr Carrie Frederick Frost Dr Paul Ladouceur Luis Josue Sales This book--a collaborative, international initiative, involving academic theologians and practitioners--invites the reader into a conversation about the ordination of women in the Orthodox Church. It explores questions relating to the significance of being human, Eve's curse, sexed bodies, the place of Mary, the nature of priesthood, the role of the deacon, and the task of being a priest in the twenty-first century. The reflections move across three main areas of discussion: issues of theological anthropology, particular questions pertaining to the priesthood and the diaconate, and contemporary practices. In each area the implications for ordaining women in the Orthodox Church today are explored.