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The Priest’s Role in the Church & How He Affects the Family

The Priest's Role in the Church & How He Affects the Family


Description: How does the role of the priest impact the Church and the family? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests, to better understand the necessity of lifting up our priests in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why is there such a great need to pray for our priests?
  • Why does the enemy specifically attack the priesthood?
  • What is spiritual motherhood or fatherhood and how will taking on the role as a spiritual mother or father help priests fulfill their vocation?
  • What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how did it come about?
  • What is the scriptural rosary for priests?
  • How does the priest affect the family?
  • Why is a Eucharistic holy hour so important?
  • How does prayer for priests impact the new evangelization?
  • What resources can one find on the Foundation of Prayer for Priests website?


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Twice a week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching. On Tuesdays, they interview various authors about their spiritual books and about the authors’ own insights on those books. On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which, primarily include prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • olhg1

    In the Catholic Church, priests/bishops dispense the Sacraments. Outside of these Sacral responsibilities, the people of the Church look to them to be outstanding advocates for Jesus in whatever other duties they have, wherever they find themselves. For a long time I’ve heard “Well, priests are human too.” True, but they have been set apart, sanctified, and if they want to continue to serve their people, who view them as heroes, out-front models of truth and morality, they must be humble and valiant, not smug and self-centered.

  • Jeanette

    A Prayer for Priests
    Keep them, I pray, dearest Lord, keep them, for they are Yours,
    Your priests whose lives burn out before your consecration shrine.
    Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world apart;
    When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, shelter them in Your heart.
    Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain,
    When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.
    Keep them, and O remember, Lord, they have no one but You,
    Yet they have only human hearts with human frailty.
    Keep them as spotless as the Host that daily they caress;
    Their every thought and word and deed, deign dearest Lord, to bless
    – Imprimatur – + D. Card. Dougherty, Arch. of Philadelphia

    Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them.

  • olhg1

    When I see a priest, I expect to see-and hear-something about Jesus God Almighty. If the guy doesn’t FIRST mention the Name of Jesus and His Person, before he talks about the Church, parish programs, Gospels, St. Paul, etc., I consider him another functionary who is doing what he has to in order to stay current, a “great guy,” in his parish. These guys-priests-have to realize that they represent Jesus, must talk about Jesus and His teachings, FLAT OUT. Bishops included.

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