One-sixth of all Polish priests serving in missions

.- Some four thousand Polish priests - nearly one-sixth of the entire number of priests ordained for the country - are working and serving outside their native land, according to the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.

The Polish daily noted that the main reason most of these priests leave Poland is to minister to the Polish communities that live in other countries.  At the same time, the Polish priests have helped fill a void in some areas where vocations are down.

Contrary to other European countries, priestly ordinations in Poland have always been numerous, Church analyst Ewa Czaczkowska told the Rzeczpospolita newspaper.

Many Polish dioceses have welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s call to send priests to work in Polish communities in such countries as Great Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.  Last year alone some 106 priests left Poland to work in other countries.  The Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper reported that this year the number could even be higher as the number of Poles who have emigrated has increased five-fold in recent years.

In Scotland, for example, there is a large Polish community, and Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen recently traveled to Poland to ask for “reinforcements.”  The Archdiocese of Krakow has responded generously - six of its priests now serving in Scotland.  Polish immigrants often seek out priests from their native land in order to receive encouragement amidst the difficulties of adapting to a new country and finding work.  

In Poland new devotionals have become popular that include special prayers for Polish emigrants, for those unemployed, and for family and country.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »


Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: