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Help Young Men Thrive in Their Priestly Formation

Through God’s grace, the Avila Foundation has begun working with dioceses to prepare future priests for seminary! We have designed a powerful program, in concert with recent requirements for a Propaedeutic (preparatory) year established by the Holy See, which introduces future seminarians to formation regarding: Sacramental Participation with Emphasis on the Eucharist and Confession Foundational... Read More

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... Read More

How to Help a Seminarian

How to Help a Seminarian What do you give to someone who has everything? Ordinarily, that question is about someone who seems to have every material item a person could want. But what about men who've found everything in Christ and given up so much to enter the seminary? How do we support these men once they answer that call? Religious Order Priests According to Father Donald Calloway, the vocation... Read More

The Mystery of the Priesthood: A Post Revisited

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Vocations

My original post on this topic was written when Catholic priests were especially singled out for severe and sometime even unjust criticism.  The zeal and relish with which some impugned the priesthood in general went largely unanswered. There is also the broad supposition on the part of many that the priesthood is only about social and political power in the Church, another front in the battle of... Read More

The Mystery of the Priesthood

February 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Vocations

The Mystery of the Priesthood Because I work at a seminary, I have gotten to know quite a few priests over the years. Many of them have become good friends. Some have left the ministry for one reason or another. All of them have grappled with the meaning of their unique vocation. Simone Weil explained that we do not know anything without suffering. Suffering is the price of true knowledge. I think... Read More

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