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Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019.

Cardinal Sarah reflects on the meaning of the priesthood

Sep 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Robert Sarah reflected on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the meaning of the priesthood in... Read more

Pope Francis with priests.

Francis urges priests to be faithful in time of 'ecclesial purification'

Aug 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification... Read more

Raphael's The School of Athens (1511)

Why do priests study philosophy?

Jul 26, 2019

Philosophy does not teach its students the Bible. It does not teach one how to minister to a congregation. It... Read more

Thousands of priests gather in St. Peter's sqaure on June 3, 2016.

DC priest: celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Jul 17, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA... Read more

Fr. David Burgard participates in "Priests in the Park."

'Priests in the Park' offer public witness of confession, Catholicism in Michigan

Jul 3, 2019

Dog walkers, bike riders, joggers, and Catholics priests hearing confession - most of these things you can find in any... Read more

Global Rosary Relay aims at 1 billion Hail Marys for priests

Jun 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Global Rosary Relay aims to have 1 billion Hail Marys said for the sanctification of priests June 28, the... Read more

Fr. Michel Los was ordained in a Warsaw hospital a few weeks before his death.

Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies

Jun 17, 2019

A young Polish priest who was ordained last month following a terminal cancer diagnosis has died, his community announced Monday.  Read more

 Michel Los, a young priest with terminal cancer at a military hospital in Warsaw, Poland.

Facing terminal cancer, Polish man ordained priest in hospital bed

May 28, 2019

May is ordination month in many dioceses, but the ordination of Fr. Michal Los, FDP, a member of the Orionine... Read more

From Left: Fr. Dan Samide, Fr. Rich Samide, Fr. Anthony Simone, Fr. Patrick Schultz, Fr. Jeff Barnish, Fr. Ryan Mann, Fr. Ryan Cubera. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Catholic Church Life Teen group.

7 priests ordained in 7 years: What's the 'secret sauce' at this Ohio parish?

May 26, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Starting in 2013, and every year since for the past seven years, one young man from the parish of St.... Read more

Deacon Drake McCalister, his family, and Bishop Jeffrey Montforton. Courtesy photo.

Deacon Drake: From Pentecostal preacher to Catholic priest

May 14, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Deacon Drake McCalister is many things that most men about to become Catholic priests are not.  Read more

ope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood.

Who are the new priests of 2019?

May 12, 2019

By Mary Farrow

This year, 481 men in the United States will kneel in cathedral churches and be ordained as Catholic priests for... Read more

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix.

Bishop Olmsted sees 'renewal' in priestly formation, despite scandal

May 9, 2019

Despite the scandals of clerical sexual abuse that the Catholic Church has suffered in past decades, the Church in the... Read more

Dominican scholar: Church crisis calls for renewal of Catholic teaching on freedom

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a Dominican scholar, the crisis of priestly fidelity is connected to a new cultural conception of human freedom... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass April 18, 2019.

Pope Francis: Like holy oil, priests must pour themselves out for others

Apr 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The holy oil blessed at the Chrism Mass is a reminder of the priest’s call to be close to the... Read more

A memorial to Irish priests who have served in Wyoming.

The last Irish priest in Wyoming

Apr 6, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

“I am the last F.B.I.: foreign-born Irish,” Father Tom Sheridan, a retired priest of the Cheyenne diocese, told CNA.  Read more

Fr. Juan Pablo Aroztegi is ordained July 2 by Bishop José Ignacio Munilla.

Questions from agnostic friend lead Spanish man to the priesthood

Dec 27, 2018

Fr. Juan Pablo Aroztegi became the youngest priest in the diocese of San Sebastian, Spain, when he was ordained last... Read more

Father Juan de Cáceres (right) during his priestly ordination.

From bartender to priest: 'God is very insistent!'

Dec 17, 2018

How do you go from being a bartender who has not attended Mass for 15 years to becoming a priest?  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Palermo, Sicily Sept. 15, 2018.

Do not avoid the wounds of the Church, pope says in Sicily

Sep 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis said the wounds of the Church and the world are the wounds of Christ, and... Read more

Fr. Stephen Jasso.

Beloved Texas priest asks for prayers after ALS diagnosis

Aug 16, 2018

Fr. Stephen Jasso said he knew something was wrong this past February, about two months after retiring as the pastor... Read more

The relics of St. John Southworth in London's Westminster Cathedral.

St John Southworth an 'inspiration and intercessor' for Westminster's priests

Jun 26, 2018

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster reflected on St John Southworth, a martyr of 17th century England, in a pastoral letter... Read more