Prayers

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Happy Second Sunday of Advent.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 12/4Pope FrancisBp. Robert F. Vasa
Santa Rosa CA
MONDAY 12/5Fr. Robert KennedyBp. Joe S. Vasquez
Austin TX
TUESDAY 12/6Fr. Roy KigginsBp. Austin A. Vetter
Helena MT
WEDNESDAY 12/7Fr. Stephen KrausBp. Allen H. Vigneron
Detroit MI
THURSDAY 12/8Fr. Robert KreckelDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 12/9Fr. Gerard KriegBp. Gerald L. Vince
Salina KS
SATURDAY 12/10Carmelite FathersAbp. John G. Vlazny
Portland OR

This week we are praying a prayer associated with the second Joyful mystery.  Our prayer this week if for the first Joyful Mystery:

Father, I pray that priests never tire of going forth to serve wherever they are needed.  Please grant to priests the experience of joy in their sacrificial love for souls.  Sanctify your priests that they may sanctify your people, attracting souls to your kingdom.  Amen.

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, pray for our priests.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, November 27,2022

We now begin again a new liturgical year.  What a great time to start new habits, and strengthen our prayers for our priests and the Church.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/27Fr. Matthew JonesBp. Donald W. Trautman
Erie PA
MONDAY 11/28Fr. Philip JudgeBp. Marc V. Trudeau
Los Angeles CA
TUESDAY 11/39Fr. Stanley KacprzakBp. Louis Tylka
Peoria IL
WEDNESDAY 11/30Fr. Stephen KaraniBp. Joseph J. Tyson
Yakima WA
THURSDAY 12/1All DeaconsPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 12/2Vocations & SeminariansBp. Peter J. Uglietto
Boston MA
SATURDAY 12/3Bp. Salvatore MatanoBp. Kevin W. Vann
Orange CA

The prayers for the Advent-Christmas season all come from a resource I’ve used before, Kathleen Beckman’s Praying for Priests:  A Mission for the New Evangelization.  Many people meditate on the Joyful Mysteries on Sundays, or even every day, during Advent and Christmas.  Each week we will pray a prayer associated with one of these mysteries.  If you want to follow her reflections and meditations for the complete rosary, go to https://catholicexchange.com/advent-joyful-mysteries-holiness-priests/.  Our prayer this week if for the first Joyful Mystery:

Father, I pray for priests to listen, hear and respond, as did Mary so that their hearts are receptive to the divine will. Please grant to priests the gift of wisdom to ardently desire holiness of life. Graciously protect them from temptations to flight, compromise, compensation, vice or sin.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Happy Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  We’ve been celebrating this feast for almost 100 years, since Pope Pius IX instituted it in 1925.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/20Inactive & Sabbatical PriestsBp. Philipios Mar Stephanos Thottathil
Elmont NY
MONDAY 11/21Fr. Peter HelfrichBp. Neil E. Tiedemann C.P.
Brooklyn NY
TUESDAY 11/22Fr. James HewesBp. James C. Timlin
Scranton PA
WEDNESDAY 11/23Fr. Daniel HollandBp. Thomas J. Tobin
Providence RI
THURSDAY 11/24Fr. Timothy HoranPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 11/25Fr. James JaegerCard. Joseph William Tobin CSsR
Newark NJ
SATURDAY 11/26Fr. Francis JonesBp. David L. Toups
Beaumont TX

Our prayer this week is adapted from a couple of prayers for Christ the King:

Almighty everlasting God, who in Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, has willed to restore all things anew; grant in Your mercy that all people, rent asunder by the wound of sin, may be subjected to His most gentle rule.

O Jesus Christ, we acknowledge You as universal King.  All that has been made has been created for You.  Exercise all Your rights over all priests.  Put it on their hearts to renew their Baptismal Vows.  Make them renounce Satan, his pomps and his works, and to promise to live as good Catholics.  And, in particular may they pledge to labor, to the best of their ability, for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church.  Divine Heart of Jesus, help our priests to offer their services, laboring that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred kingship, and that thus the reign of Your peace be established throughout the whole universe.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

This week, let’s pray especially in thanksgiving for all priests who encourage strong devotional lives among their parishioners, and that God will enliven that willingness in more priests.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/13Fr. Paul GitauBp. David P. Talley
Memphis TN
MONDAY 11/14Fr. William GrafBp. James A. Tamayo
Laredo TX
TUESDAY 11/15Fr. Joseph HartBp. Anthony B. Taylor
Little Rock AR
WEDNESDAY 11/16Fr. John HayesBp. Daniel E. Thomas
Toledo OH
THURSDAY 11/17Fr. John HealyInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 11/18Fr. Frederick HelfrichBp. George Leo Thomas
Las Vegas NV
SATURDAY 11/19All DeaconsAbp. Charles C. Thompson
Indianapolis IN

Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer written by David Savage:

Dear Lord, we pray that you will create among our priests and bishops Catholic leaders; individuals made in Your image who will apply Your teachings in their lives, and positively impact our families, our workplaces, our communities, and our Church.

Help them to inspire those with whom they come in contact to share their God-given talents, to do Your will and to find a place in Your kingdom where their deepest joys and the world’s deepest hungers meet and cry for their special qualities and abilities.

Make them leaders, Lord, leaders with strength and courage to follow You.  Leaders who make Your love visible to the world in all of their words and actions.

Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Can we pray especially for any priests who are struggling right now, especially with illnesses that are lingering?

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/9Pope FrancisBp. Phillip F. Straling
Reno NV
MONDAY 10/10Fr. Michael FowlerBp. Joseph E. Strickland
Tyler TX
TUESDAY 10/11Fr. Ronald GaesserBp. Gregory J. Studerus
Newark NJ
WEDNESDAY 10/12Fr. William McGrathBp. Dennis J. Sullivan
Camden NJ
THURSDAY 10/13Fr. John GagnierDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 10/14Fr. Jeffrey GalensBp. Paul J. Swain
Sioux Falls SD
SATURDAY 10/15Fr. John GathenyaBp. Kevin J. Sweeney
Paterson NJ

Our prayer this week:

How wonderful, Heavenly Lord, when you tell us that You “have come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  In Your love, You meet us where we are.  We don’t have to be perfect.  We don’t have to hide our sins from You.  You know our hearts and our minds anyway.  You just want us to acknowledge our sins, repent, and strive to follow You all the more. 

But let us not be mistaken.  You do call us to repentance.  The only way to eternal life with You is by turning from our sins.  Please give us holy priests to accompany us on our journey, guiding us by showing where we need to change our ways and leading us back to You.  The most loving of shepherds that You send to us won’t stand by and watch as we get stuck in the brambles or fall off the cliff living our own way.  They will act in Your stead and lead us back.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Happy Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/30All MissionariesBp. F. Richard Spencer
Military Services USA
MONDAY 10/31Fr. Jesus Flores-RiveraMonsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
TUESDAY 11/1All MissionariesBp. J. Terry Steib SVD
Memphis TN
WEDNESDAY 11/2Deceased PriestsBp. Kenneth D. Steiner
Portland OR
THURSDAY 11/3Fr. John ForniPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 11/4Vocations & SeminariansBp. Richard F. Stika
Knoxville TN
SATURDAY 11/5Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. John Stowe OFM Conv
Lexington KY

Our prayer this week is adapted from one by St. Augustine:

Lord Jesus, our Savior, let our priests come to You.
If their hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with Your selfless love.
If their hearts are sinful; cleanse them with Your precious blood.
If their hearts are weak; strengthen them with Your joyous Spirit.
If their hearts are empty; fill them with Your divine presence.
Lord Jesus, their hearts are Yours; possess them always and only for Yourself.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Yesterday was the Feast of St. Pope John Paul II, often called the Pope of Life and the Family.  How much we need his intercession as we live in this world today!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/23Fr. William EndresBp. Peter L. Smith
Portland OR
MONDAY 10/24Fr. Peter Enyan-BoaduBp. Lawrence D. Soens
Sioux City IA
TUESDAY 10/25Fr. Thomas ErdleBp. Oscar Azarcon Solis
Salt Lake City UT
WEDNESDAY 10/26Fr. Richard FarrellAbp. Stefan Soroka
Philadelphia PA
THURSDAY 10/27Fr. James FennessyPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 10/28Fr. John FirpoBp. Jaimie Soto
Sacramento CA
SATURDAY 10/29Fr. Raymond FlemingBp. J. Mark Spalding
Nashville TN

Our prayer this week is inspired by documents from St. Pope John Paul II, and from Pope Benedict as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

O Loving Jesus, when You founded Your Church, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, constantly sustaining the Church on her way. You called men as priests to serve You and us.  Keep them firm in their faith, believing and professing each and every thing that is contained in the word of God, Tradition, and the Creed of the Catholic Church, and all that the Church through the Magisterium sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed by You and therefore not changeable.

Remind them of their promises to always preserve communion with the Catholic Church by words and actions with great care and fidelity.  Help them to hold fast to the entire deposit of faith.  Encourage them to hand it on to us and explain it to us, avoiding any teachings contrary to it.  Let them not reject teachings of the Church or deny truths that must be believed, lest they lead us astray or cause us to doubt our faith.  Give them the grace to accept correction when they, through words or actions or lifestyle, cause the faithful to abandon the One True Faith.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Today is the Sunday we are reminded to stay persistent in our prayer.  It is also the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who did much to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/16Fr. Albert DelmonteBp. Larry Silva
Honolulu HI
MONDAY 10/17Fr. Joseph DeMaioBp. Michael J. Sis
San Angelo TX
TUESDAY 10/18Fr. John DeSocioBp. Richard J. Sklba
Milwaukee WI
WEDNESDAY 10/19Fr. Edward DillonAbp. William C. Skurla
Pittsburgh PA
THURSDAY 10/20Fr. William DonnellyInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 10/21Fr. Thomas DuganBp. William S. Skylstad
Spokane WA
SATURDAY 10/22All DeaconsBp. Edward J. Slattery
Tulsa OK

Our prayer this week is adapted from comments by Pope Francis and a few others contemplating the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Sweet Jesus, invite us all, and especially our priests, to look to Your Heart and imitate its most authentic sentiments.  We pray for all priests, and for bishops, cardinals and the Pope, so that all pastoral actions may bear the imprint of the love that You bear for each human being.

Do not let our priests be afraid to present to You all the intentions of their suffering humanity, its fears, its miseries.  May Your Heart, full of love, give them all hope and trust!”

We pray also for the sanctity of our priests, that they might be sanctified through Your Sacred Heart, and that they may intercede for the people they serve to bring them closer to God.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

This weekend is Clergy Appreciation Sunday.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/9Fr. Michael CostikAbp. Michael J. Sheehan
Santa Fe NM
MONDAY 10/10Fr. Richard CrawleyBp. Gilbert I. Sheldon
Steubenville OH
TUESDAY 10/11Fr. Charles CurranBp. George A. Sheltz
Galveston-Houston TX
WEDNESDAY 10/12Fr. Donald CurtissBp. Michael J. Sheridan
Colorado Springs CO
THURSDAY 10/13Fr. Gerard D’SouzaDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 10/14Fr. Bernard DanBp. Bernard E. Shlesinger III
Atlanta GA
SATURDAY 10/15Fr. August DeasioBp. Joseph M. Siegel
Evansville IN

Our prayer this week is adapted from a few prayers on https://connectusfund.org/:

Lord, we enter Your courts with praise and thanksgiving.  Thank You for choosing our priests to shepherd the Church.  Thank You for helping them to walk in the counsel of the Godly.  May You continue strengthening them so that they can lead us to You, our true living God.  Remove anything in their lives that may hinder them from fulfilling the calling You have placed in their hearts.  May they hide under Your wings all the days of their lives.  We want to thank You for the great sacrifice that our priests make to ensure that we grow spiritually.  Lord, continue prospering them and their work.  Grant them wisdom that they may know how to teach the word in a way that brings people closer to Your Son Jesus Christ.

Father, so many priests are drifting away from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many of them are choosing to serve men instead of You.  Draw them back to the one true faith.  But we thank You for our priests who have remained faithful to their calling.  They are determined to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified all the days of their lives.  Lord, help them to remain faithful to their vocation.  Gracious God, we want to say thank You for the incredible power that is working within our priests to transform lives.  We know it is not them but You delivering people from captivity.  Lord, supply all their needs according to Your glorious riches.  May they always remember that You care about them.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Happy Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/2Pope FrancisAbp. Roger L. Schwietz OMI
Anchorage AK
MONDAY 10/3Fr. Daniel CondonBp. Mark J. Seitz
El Paso TX
TUESDAY 10/4Fr. Patrick ConnorBp. Timothy C. Senior
Philadelphia PA
WEDNESDAY 10/5Fr. Brian CoolBp. Arthur J. Serratelli
Paterson NJ
THURSDAY 10/6Fr. William CosgrovePope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 10/7Vocations & SeminariansBp. Carlos A. Sevilla SJ
Yakima WA
SATURDAY 10/8Fr. Richard BricklerBp. Emanuel H. Shaleta
San Diego CA

Our prayer this week is adapted from 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14:

Father in Heaven, You have formed our priests to serve Your people.  Stir into flame the gift You have bestowed on them through the imposition of hands at their ordination.  You did not give them a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.  So do not let them be ashamed of their testimony to our Lord; but may they bear their share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from You.

Lead them to take as their norm the sound words and teachings that You have passed on to them and us through sacred Scripture and Tradition, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Guard this rich trust within them with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within them.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Yesterday was the last of the three Ember Days for September.  Anybody remember those?  They are four periods of fasting, abstinence, and prayer throughout the year, to thank God for the gifts of nature, to assist the needy and to pray for priests and vocations.  Back as early as the 5th century, the rule was that clergy should be ordained in the Ember weeks, traditionally on the Saturday.  It was established as a Church law in the early 11th century.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/25Fr. Lee ChaseAbp. J. Peter Sartain
Seattle WA
MONDAY 9/26Fr. Augustine ChumoBp. Joseph M. Sartoris
Los Angeles CA
TUESDAY 9/27Fr. Peter CliffordBp. Edward B. Scharfenberger
Albany NY
WEDNESDAY 9/28Fr. William CoffasBp. Stanley G. Schlarman
Dodge City KS
THURSDAY 9/29Fr. John ColacinoBp. Alfred A. Schlert
Allentown PA
FRIDAY 9/30Basilian FathersAbp. Dennis M. Schnurr
Cincinnati OH
SATURDAY 10/1Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. James T. Schuerman
Milwaukee WI

Our prayer this week:

God our Father, You are still calling as many men to the priesthood as we need.  May those You are calling respond to Your invitation.  You Who desire that all men should be saved an come to the knowledge of Your Truth, send laborers into Your harvest and grant them grace to speak Your word with all trust, that Your words may run and be glorified, and that all nations may know You, the One True God, and Him whom You have sent, Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord.

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart where none may touch them.  Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.  Let Your Holy Love surround them, our current and future priests, and shield them all from the world’s contagion.  Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here, and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Happy Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/18Fr. Roman CalyBp. Alexander Salazar
Los Angeles CA
MONDAY 9/19Fr. Brian CarpenterAbp. Alexander K. Sample
Portland OR
TUESDAY 9/20Fr. Joseph CataniseBp. Nicholas J. Samra
Newton MA
WEDNESDAY 9/21Bp. Emer. Matthew ClarkBp. Paul R. Sanchez
Brooklyn NY
THURSDAY 9/22Fr. Scott CatonPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 9/23All DeaconsBp. Guy Sansaricq
Brooklyn NY
SATURDAY 9/24Fr. Thomas CelsoBp. Michael A. Saporito
Newark NJ

Our prayer this week is adapted from the Decree on the Life and Ministry of Priests of the Second Vatican Council:

Jesus Christ, the Father sanctified, consecrated and sent You into the world.  You gave Yourself for us that You might redeem us from all iniquity.  In like fashion, priests consecrated by the anointing of the Holy Spirit and sent by You must mortify the works of the flesh in themselves and give themselves entirely to the service of men.  It is in this way that they can go forward in that holiness with which You endow them to perfect man.  Hence, those who exercise the ministry of the spirit and of justice will be confirmed in the life of the spirit, so long as they are open to the Your Spirit, Who gives them life and direction.  By the sacred actions which are theirs daily as well as by their entire ministry they are directed to perfection in their lives.  Holiness does much for priests in carrying on a fruitful ministry.  Perfect them in their holiness.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Happy “Week of great feasts.”  This week we celebrate St. Cyprian (martyr), the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  St. John Chrysostom (the “golden-mouthed” patron saint of preachers), the Exultation of the Holy Cross, Our Lady of Sorrows,  St. Cornelius (Pope), and St. Robert Bellarmine (Doctor of the Church).

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/11Fr. Alexander BradshawBp. Alberto Rojas
San Bernardino CA
MONDAY 9/12Fr. Paul BrennanBp. Luis M. Romero Fernandez M.ID.
Rockville Center NY
TUESDAY 9/13Fr. Richard BricklerBp. Peter A. Rosazza
Hartford CT
WEDNESDAY 9/14Fr. Philip BrockmyreBp. Robert J. Rose
Grand Rapids MI
THURSDAY 9/15Deceased PriestsInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 9/16Fr. Michael BrownAbp. Mitchell Thomas Rozanski
St. Louis MO
SATURDAY 9/17Fr. Timothy BrownBp. Sylvester D. Ryan
Monterey CA

Our prayer this week is a prayer found at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/pausepray/praying-for-priests by Theresa Doyle-Nelson:

Oh God, help us to remember to pray for our priests.  Many are overworked, and many are serving beyond normal retirement age.  Please help us to remember that we can ask your holy ones in heaven for prayers too; that your multitude of saints in heaven will also pray for our priests to strengthen them, encourage them, be with them.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Happy Feast of Saint Pope Gregory the Great, one of four saintly popes we call Great.  His feast day was yesterday, September 3.  One of his famous works is the book, The Book of Pastoral Rule, a treatise on the responsibilities of the clergy written around the year 590, shortly after his papal inauguration.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/4Pope FrancisBp. David L. Ricken
Green Bay WI
MONDAY 9/5Fr. Paul BonacciCard. Justin F. Rigali
Philadelphia PA
TUESDAY 9/6Fr. Dennis BonsignoreBp. Mark S. Rivituso
St. Louis MO
WEDNESDAY 9/7Fr. Martin TruongAbp. Thomas J. Rodi
Mobile AL
THURSDAY 9/8Fr. Robert BourcyDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 9/9Fr. James BoyleBp. Placido Rodriguez CMF
Lubbock TX
SATURDAY 9/10Fr. Robert BradlerBp. Jorge Rodriguez-Novelo
Denver CO

Our prayer this week is adapted from one by Saint Pope Gregory the Great:

Lord, any man who You send forth as a preacher is called a watchman.  A watchman always stands on a height so that he can see from afar what is coming.  Anyone You have appointed to be a watchman for the people must stand on a height for all his life to help them by his foresight.  Help our priests recognize when they may become slothful, negligent and distracted by the many responsibilities with which they must concern themselves.  Saint Gregory the Great testified that he “must worry about the invasions of roving bands of barbarians, and beware of the wolves who lie in wait for my flock. I must become an administrator lest the religious go in want. I must put up with certain robbers without losing patience and at times I must deal with them in all charity…Moreover, in my position I must often communicate with worldly men.”  While more than 14 centuries have passed since he penned those words, much is still the same.  The nature and appearance of the barbarians and wolves may have changed, but they present as big of a threat to Your people, and as big of a challenge – and threat – to Your priests!  Strengthen them to stand on the mountain of action and not lie down in the valley of weakness.  You are the all-powerful Creator and Redeemer of mankind.  You can give them, in spite of their weaknesses, a higher life and effective speech.  May they love you enough that they cannot and will not spare themselves in speaking of You.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Happy Feast of St. Augustine.  If any of us feel like God can’t use us in this world, think about the conversion of this amazing saint and remember that God knows everything about us, He created and loves us, and He will use us, and our past experiences, to draw others to Him.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/28Fr. Peter BayerBp. Robert P. Reed
Boston MA
MONDAY 8/29Fr. Richard BeligottiBp. Daniel P. Reilly
Worcester MA
TUESDAY 8/30Fr. Robert BeligottiBp. Francis R. Reiss
Detroit MI
WEDNESDAY 8/31Fr. Philip BillotteBp. Kevin C. Rhoades
Fort Wayne-South Bend IN
THURSDAY 9/1Fr. Sylvester BiohPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 9/2Vocations & SeminariansBp. John H. Ricard SSJ
Pensacola-Tallahassee FL
SATURDAY 9/3Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Edward M. Rice
Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Our prayer this week is adapted from one by St. Augustine:

Almighty Father, come into the hearts of our priests, and so fill them with Your love that forsaking all evil desires, they may embrace You, our only good.  Show them, O Lord our God, what You are to them.  Say to their souls, ‘I am your salvation’, speak so that they may hear.  Their hearts are before You; open their ears; let them hasten after Your voice.  Hide not Your Face from them, we beg You, O Lord.  Open their hearts so that You may enter in.  Repair the ruined mansions, that You may dwell therein.  Hear us, O Heavenly Father, for the sake of Your only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.  Amen

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Pope St. Pius X, a model of humility whose last will and testament simply states: “I was born poor, I have lived in poverty, and I wish to die poor.”  May we all follow his example.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/21Inactive & Sabbatical PriestsBp. Glen Provost
Lake Charles LA
MONDAY 8/22Fr. Ronald AntinarelliBp. John M. Quinn
Winona-Rochester MN
TUESDAY 8/23Fr. Frederick AsumingBp. Andriy Rabiy
Philadelphia PA
WEDNESDAY 8/24Fr. Theodore AubleBp. Steven J. Raica
Birmingham AL
THURSDAY 8/25Fr. William BarrettPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 8/26Fr. Victor BartolottaBp. Ricardo Ramirez CSB
Las Cruces NM
SATURDAY 8/27Fr. Michael BauschBp. George J. Rasses
Chicago IL

Our prayer this week is inspired by Pope St. Pius X:

Heavenly Father, we ask that our priests be holy men, and that many more continue to answer Your call to join them in the priesthood.  Help them to see that simplicity of life and humility of heart are still the highest wisdom and indispensable conditions of a perfect Christian life, for they are the very source of apostolic fruitfulness.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Happy Feast of the Assumption tomorrow.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/14Fr. Eugene WeisBp. Joseph N. Perry
Chicago IL
MONDAY 8/15Deceased PriestsBp. Lawrence T. Persico
Erie PA
TUESDAY 8/16Fr. Daniel E. WhiteBp. Michael D. Pfeifer OMI
San Angelo TX
WEDNESDAY 8/17Fr. Daniel L. WhiteBp. Lee Anthony Piche
St. Paul-Minneapolis MN
THURSDAY 8/18Fr. Mitchell ZygadloInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 8/19Fr. William AmannBp. Anthony M. Pilla
Cleveland OH
SATURDAY 8/20Fr. Anthony AmatoBp. James P. Powers
Superior MI

Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer on http://intercessionforpriests.org/:

Christ Jesus, you invite us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest that He send laborers into His fields.  Lord and God of all, call to the priesthood men on fire with Your Divine Love, who will be the voice of the Good Shepherd to the scattered sheep of the flock.  Lord and Savior, bless us with holy priests and continue to fan the flames of that fire in them.  Through their ministry may Your life-giving Presence in the Sacraments be always present in Your Church.  Lord and Giver of Life, raise up men filled with Your Power and with great missionary zeal, so that all who dwell in darkness may come to live in the Light of Christ.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Mass for vocations and seminarians that we celebrated this week at St. Dominic was so encouraging!  In addition to all of the priests and seminarians who were there, I met a young man, Evan, who is discerning a call to the priesthood.  Please pray for him, and all of them.  We certainly need more holy priests!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/7Pope FrancisBp. Stephen D. Parkes
Savannah GA
MONDAY 8/8Fr. Peter Van LieshoutBp. Richard E. Pates
Crookston MN
TUESDAY 8/9Fr. Louis VasileBp. John Stephen Pazak CSsR
Phoenix AZ
WEDNESDAY 8/10All DeaconsBp. Raymundo J. Pena
Brownsville TX
THURSDAY 8/11Fr. Robert WerthDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 8/12Fr. Walter WainwrightBp. Joseph A. Pepe
Las Vegas NV
SATURDAY 8/13Fr. Matthew WalterAbp. Nelson J. Perez
Philadelphia PA

Our prayer this week is adapted from a remark by Pope Francis:

God our Heavenly Father, inspire us through Your Spirit to be close to our priests with our affection and with our prayers, that they may always be shepherds according to Your Heart.  May they always feel our love and support, and know they are part of our families.  Never let them feel alone or abandoned.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

This Friday we are again praying for our seminarians, and for new vocations to the priesthood.  If you happen to be able to get to Shortsville, NY on Thursday this week, Fr. Aaron Kelly will be celebrating Mass at St. Dominic Church at 5 PM, followed by dinner and an opportunity to meet and support our Rochester seminarians.  If you are planning to attend, contact Deacon Dermot (585-329-1974) or Janene Loghran (janene_loughran@yahoo.com).

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 7/31All DeaconsBp. Thomas J. Olmsted
Phoenix AZ
MONDAY 8/1Fr. Jeffrey TunnicliffBp. Michael F. Olson
Fort Worth TX
TUESDAY 8/2Fr. Michael TwardzikCard. Seán P. O’Malley OFM Cap
Boston MA
WEDNESDAY 8/3Fr. Gary TymanBp. Thomas John Paprocki
Springfield IL
THURSDAY 8/4Fr. Michael UpsonPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 8/5Vocations & SeminariansBp. Adam J. Parker
Baltimore MD
SATURDAY 8/6Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Gregory Parkes
St. Petersburg FL

Our prayer this week is adapted from a letter to St. Polycarp from St. Ignatius of Loyola:

Jesus, our High Priest, we pray You will ignite in our priests a steadfast commitment to avoid evil practices; indeed, to preach against them.  Inspire them to work together in harmony, struggle together, run together, suffer together, rest together, rise together, as stewards, advisors and servants of God.  May they seek to please You whose soldiers they are and from whom they draw their pay.  Let none of them prove a deserter.  Let their baptism be their armor, their faith their helmet, their charity their spear, and their patience their panoply.  Let their good works be their deposits, so that they may draw out well-earned savings.  Guide them to be patient and gentle with one another, as You are with them.  May they have joy in You for ever.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

We are reminded in today’s Gospel reading that whoever asks of God, receives.  Whoever seeks, finds. Whoever knocks, God will open the door for them.  That is why we pray for our priests.  We know God will hear and answer our prayers for them.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 7/24Fr. Thomas StattCard. Edwin F. O’Brien
Baltimore MD
MONDAY 7/25Fr. Edison TayagBp. Armando X. Ochoa
Fresno CA
TUESDAY 7/26Fr. David TedescheBp. David G. O’Connell
Los Angeles CA
WEDNESDAY 7/27Fr. Matthew TempleBp. David M. O’Connell CM
Trenton NJ
THURSDAY 7/28Fr. Paul TomassoPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 7/29Fr. Daniel TormeyBp. Mark O’Connell
Boston MA
SATURDAY 7/30Fr. Thomas TraversBp. John J. O’Hara
New York NY

Our prayer this week is adapted from one found at CatholicHarborOfFaithAndMorals.com:

Guard our priests from false prophets, O Lord, and from heretics, and seducers, and grant them the grace, that according to St. Paul’s instructions they may become fruitful in all good works.  Inflame their hearts, that they may adorn their faith with them, thus do the will of the Heavenly Father, render themselves worthy of heaven, and lead us to do the same.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

I just love the readings from this weekend.  Hospitality is defined as “the friendly and generous reception of guests, visitors, or strangers.”  It can be shown in so many ways. 

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 7/17Fr. Joseph SassoAbp. Joseph F. Naumann
Kansas City KS
MONDAY 7/18Fr. Robert SchraderBp. Eduardo A. Nevares
Phoenix AZ
TUESDAY 7/19Fr. James SchwartzBp. Thanh Thai Nguyen
Orange CA
WEDNESDAY 7/20Fr. Feliciano SierotowiczBp. R. Walker Nickless
Sious City IA
THURSDAY 7/21Fr. Louis SirianniInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 7/22Fr. William SpillyAbp. John C. Nienstedt
St. Paul-Minneapolis MN
SATURDAY 7/23All MissionariesBp. John G. Noonan
Orlando FL

Our prayer this week:

Most Precious Jesus, You have called us all to offer hospitality to those we meet.  We see from Your Word that there is a biblical pattern of intimacy, fellowship, support, and love surrounding the concept of sharing a meal or even just our time with one another.  Your hospitality is different from our own, because it is offered not as a way to impress the guests.  Rather, You offer God’s very hospitality where every person is welcomed into the Kingdom of God, the banquet of divine love, which is the very life of the Church.  This week, we ask that Your Spirit will move in us, showing us opportunities to offer hospitality to our priests.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

Happy Feast of St. Benedict, which we will be celebrating on Monday.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 7/10Fr. Leo ReinhardtBp. Daniel H. Mueggenborg
Reno NV
MONDAY 7/11Benedictine FathersBp. Peter M. Muench
Rapid City SD
TUESDAY 7/12Fr. Daniel RuizBp. Robert W. Muench
Baton Rouge LA
WEDNESDAY 7/13Fr. Sriram SadhanalaBp. William J. Muhm
Military Services USA
THURSDAY 7/14Fr. Lance GonyoDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 7/15Fr. Carlos SanchezBp. W. Michael Mulvey
Corpus Christi TX
SATURDAY 7/16Fr. Jack HealyBp. William F. Murphy
Rockville Centre NY

Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer from St. Benedict:

Gracious and Holy Father, give our priests the wisdom to discover You, the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek after You, the patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

A friend visited another parish for Mass today.  He mentioned that he saw multiple budding vocations to the priesthood and religious life among the altar servers and the many families in the pews.  Please, God, let it be so!  This weekend we are also celebrating the ordination of the newest priest in the Diocese of Rochester – Father Aaron Kelly, congratulations on your ordination to the priesthood!  I will update the rest of the list of recent ordinations over the course of the next week or so.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 7/3Pope FrancisBp. Carl F. Mengeling
San Jose CA
MONDAY 7/4Fr. John O’ConnorBp. Jeffrey M. Monforton
Steubenville OH
TUESDAY 7/5Fr. Eugene O’HaraBp. Robert F. Morneau
Green Bay WI
WEDNESDAY 7/6Fr. Edward PalumbosBp. Robert M. Moskal
Parma OH
THURSDAY 7/7Fr. Pias PathmarajahPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 7/8Fr. Jorge RamirezBp. Mikaël Mouradian
New York NY
SATURDAY 7/9Fr. John ReifBp. Witold Mroziewski
Brooklyn NY

Our prayer this week:

Heavenly Father, You have been calling men to the vocation of the priesthood for almost 2,000 years.  We pray that many more men accept Your invitation.  We pray also for those who are already ordained, especially those who are overwhelmed by the duties that seem to pull them away from pastoral needs, those struggling with the losses of this world while leading us to eternity, and those who are currently facing their own illnesses.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

There are so many different things we could focus our prayers on this week.  With the news that came out of Washington D.C. please pray for the safety of our churches and our priests.  I thought about sending the St. Michael Prayer this week, but we just prayed that back in September.  The Feast of St. Irenaeus is Tuesday, and as a Doctor of the Church, and the primary source of what we know about the early church, he could also offer plenty to pray about.  However, I’m not going down either of those paths.

There is a wealth of Votive Masses, special Feasts and other “devotional” Masses, part of the immense treasury of the Church, that can teach us so much!  One such liturgy is the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, to be celebrated on the Thursday of the octave of the Sacred Heart (this year June 30).  In the beginning of this three-year national focus on the Eucharist, let’s start from there.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 6/26Fr. William MoorbyBp. Michael G. McGovern
Belleville IL
MONDAY 6/27Redemptorist Frs. & Brs.Bp. Patrick McGrath
San Jose CA
TUESDAY 6/28Fr. Malachy NwosuBp. John J. McIntyre
Philadelphia PA
WEDNESDAY 6/29Fr. B. Nathan DavisBp. W. Shawn McKnight
Jefferson City MO
THURSDAY 6/30Fr. Hoan DinhBp. Robert J. McManus
Worcester MA
FRIDAY 7/1Vocations & SeminariansBp. William F. Medley
Owensboro NY
SATURDAY 7/2Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Dale J. Melczek
Gary IN

Our prayer this week is adapted from the Collect from the Mass for the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and words by Pope Benedict XV when instituting the Feast:

Precious Jesus, the chief reason for this Feast of Your Eucharistic Heart is to commemorate our love of You in the mystery of the Eucharist.  Encourage our priests to more and more to excite us, the faithful, to approach this sacred mystery with confidence.  Inflame their hearts with that divine charity which consumed Your Sacred Heart when in Your infinite love You instituted the most Holy Eucharist, wherein Your Divine Heart guards and loves them by living with them, as they live and abide in You.  For in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist You offer and give Yourself to them and us as victim, companion, nourishment, viaticum, and pledge of our future glory.

O Lord Jesus Christ, who has poured forth the riches of Thy love for men in instituting the Sacrament of the Eucharist, help our priests, we beseech Thee, to love Thy most loving Heart and ever make worthy use of so great a Sacrament: Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.  Amen

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

This Sunday is the Feast of Corpus Christi.  The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  If you are lucky enough to be in an area that will be having a Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, go and participate, especially as we head into this National Year of Eucharistic Revival.  Tomorrow morning here in the Diocese of Rochester, Bishop Matano (who we will be praying for tomorrow as well) will celebrate Mass at 10:00 at Corpus Christi Church, followed by a Eucharistic procession.  Join them if you can.  All are welcome.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 6/19All MissionariesBp. Salvatore Matano
Rochester NY
MONDAY 6/20Fr. Kevin MurphyBp. James F. McCarthy
New York NY
TUESDAY 6/21Fr. Thomas NellisBp. Robert J. McClory
Gary IN
WEDNESDAY 6/22Fr. Timothy NivenBp. John B. McCormack
Manchester NH
THURSDAY 6/23Fr. Justin MillerPersecuted and Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 6/24Fr. William McGrathBp. Timothy A. McDonnell
Springfield MA
SATURDAY 6/25Fr. Symon Peter NtaiviaBp. Robert W. McElroy
San Diego CA

Onepeterfive.com summarizes it this way:  “On Corpus Christi, we remember and again celebrate a true and lasting miracle.  Think about it, we can receive the flesh and blood of Our God!  We can truly receive our Creator in a way so that we might have life within us.  The Institution of the Eucharist changed the world.  We must contemplate this miracle before receiving Our Lord at every single Mass.  How can we not share the sentiments of Archbishop Sheen who said, “The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny, white Host”?”

Our prayer this week:

Jesus Christ, You give us Your Body and Blood as food for our journey.  You are with us always, in such an intimate way.  Make our priests humble enough to continue to experience wonder at Your gift of Body and Blood to us, and then embolden them to share that wonder and joy with us by the way they preach and live.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Happy Trinity Sunday.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 6/5Fr. Anthony MugaveroBp. Gregory John Mansour
Brooklyn NY
MONDAY 6/6Fr. Joseph MartuscelloBp. John R. Manz
Chicago IL
TUESDAY 6/7Fr. Steven LapeBp. Dominic A. Marconi
Newark NJ
WEDNESDAY 6/8Fr. Thomas MullBp. Robert W. Marshall
Alexandria LA
THURSDAY 6/9All DeaconsInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 6/10Fr. Francis JonesBp. Joseph F. Martino
Scranton PA
SATURDAY 6/11Fr. John MulliganBp. James Massa
Brooklyn NY

Our prayer this week is adapted from a treatise on the Gospel of St. Matthew by St. Chromatius, bishop, from yesterday’s Office of Readings:

Jesus, if we fail to live in the light, we shall, to our condemnation and that of others, be veiling over and obscuring by our infidelity the light men so desperately need.  So much more so is this true for our priests!  As we know from Scripture, the man who received the talent should have made it produce a heavenly profit, but instead he preferred to hide it away rather than put it to work and was punished as he deserved.  You have given our priests the talents.  Help them to use them to produce heavenly profit in themselves and us.

That brilliant lamp which was lit for the sake of salvation should always shine in them, for they have the lamp of the heavenly commandment and spiritual grace, to which David referred: Your law is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Solomon also says this about it: For the command of the law is a lamp.

Therefore, they must not hide this lamp of law and faith. Rather, they must set it up in the Church, as on a lampstand, for the salvation of many, so that we may enjoy the light of Truth itself and all believers may be enlightened.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the Birthday of the Church.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 6/5Pope FrancisBp. Edward C. Malesic
Cleveland OH
MONDAY 6/6Fr. Steven LewisBp. David J. Malloy
Rockford IL
TUESDAY 6/7Fr. Joseph MauriciBp. Francis I. Malone
Shreveport LA
WEDNESDAY 6/8Fr. Martin TruongBp. Richard J. Malone
Buffalo NY
THURSDAY 6/9Fr. Walter CushingDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 6/10Fr. Peter MorelloBp. W. Francis Malooly
Wilmington DE
SATURDAY 6/11Fr. Peter MottolaAbp. Henry J. Mansell
Hartford CT

Our prayer this week is adapted from this morning’s Office of Readings, from the concluding prayer and from a letter by Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr, whose feast we also celebrate today:

Holy Spirit, let our priests stand fast in what is right and prepare their souls for trial. Let them wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to him: O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.  Let them trust in Him who has placed this burden upon them.  What they themselves cannot bear let them bear with the help of Christ.  For He is all-powerful and He tells us:  My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Let them continue the fight on the day of the Lord.  The days of anguish and of tribulation have overtaken them; if God so wills, let them and us die for the holy laws of our fathers, so that we may deserve to obtain an eternal inheritance with them.  Let them be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf.  Instead let them be careful shepherds watching over Christ’s flock.  Let them preach the whole of God’s plan to the powerful and to the humble, to rich and to poor, to men of every rank and age, as far as God gives them the strength, in season and out of season, as Saint Gregory writes in his book of Pastoral Instruction.

Lord, Your martyr Boniface spread the faith by his teaching and witnessed to it with his blood.  By the help of his prayers keep our priests loyal to the faith and give them courage to profess it in their lives.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Happy Seventh Sunday of Easter.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 5/29Deceased PriestsBp. Robert N. Lynch
St. Petersburg FL
MONDAY 5/30Fr. Michael MerrittBp. Christie A. Macaluso
Hartford CT
TUESDAY 5/31Fr. William MichatekBp. Denis J. Madden
Baltimore MD
WEDNESDAY 6/1Fr. Matthew WalterBp. Robert P. Maginnis
Philadelphia PA
THURSDAY 6/2Fr. Daniel L. WhitePope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 6/3Vocations & SeminariansCard. Roger M. Mahony
Los Angeles CA
SATURDAY 6/4Bishop Salvatore MatanoCard. Adam J. Maida
Detroit MI

Our prayer this week is adapted from the Gospel reading for today, John 17:20-24:

Dearest Lord, You prayed to the Father, ”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one.  As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  The glory that You have given Me I have given them, so that they may be one, as We are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”  Make the fire of that love burn in the hearts of our priests that they may remember their mission – help us to believe in You and Your teachings, that we may also be with You and them in the Kingdom for eternity.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Happy Sixth Sunday of Easter and the Feast of St. Rita of Cassia.  Then on Thursday we will celebrate the Ascension of the Lord.

(I tried to pull up the Monthly Prayers for Priest calendar for Rochester, but was unable to access the page and unfortunately had not printed the quarterly calendar.  Luckily, I had a total list of priests in the Diocese handy.  We will continue to pray from that list until the Rochester calendar is back online.)

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 5/22Fr. Joseph MartuscelloBp. Elias Lorenzo OSB
Newark NJ
MONDAY 5/23Fr. Joseph MauriciAbp. William E. Lori
Baltimore MD
TUESDAY 5/24Fr. Michael MayerBp. Basil H. Losten
Stamford CT
WEDNESDAY 5/25Fr. Joseph McCaffreyBp. Paul S. Loverde
Arlington VA
THURSDAY 5/26Fr. William McGrathPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 5/27Fr. Kevin McKennaAbp. George J. Lucas
Omaha NE
SATURDAY 5/28Fr. Daniel L. McMullinBp. Douglas J. Lucia
Syracuse NY

Our prayer this week is adapted from this morning’s Office of Readings, from the commentary on the second letter to the Corinthians by Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop:

Lord Jesus Christ, our priests who have a sure hope, guaranteed by the Spirit, that they will rise again lay hold of what lies in the future as though it were already present. Help them to hold fast to Your teachings and to say: “Outward appearances will no longer be our standard in judging other men. Our lives are all controlled by the Spirit now, and are not confined to this physical world that is subject to corruption. The light of the Only-begotten has shone on us, and we have been transformed into the Word, the source of all life. While sin was still our master, the bonds of death had a firm hold on us, but now that the righteousness of Christ has found a place in our hearts we have freed ourselves from our former condition of corruptibility.”  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

About once a year or so, many dioceses gather their priests together for a Convocation, which means “calling together”.  This is a time for them to join in fellowship with their brother priests and strengthen each other in their vocations.  It’s important for them to be able to have this time together to learn with, and lean on, each other. 

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are: 

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 5/15All DeaconBp. John M. LeVoir
New Ulm MN
MONDAY 5/16Fr. John LoncleBp. Bruce Lewandowski CSWsR
Baltimore MD
TUESDAY 5/17Fr. Bernard MaloneyBp. Peter A. Libasci
Manchester NH
WEDNESDAY 5/18Fr. Kevin MannaraAbp. Jerome E. Listecki
Milwaukee WI
THURSDAY 5/19Fr. Christopher ManueleInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 5/20Fr. Joseph MartuscelloBp. Robert J. Lomardo CFR
Chicago IL
SATURDAY 5/21Fr. Joseph MarcouxBp. Steven J. Lopes
Houston TX

Our prayer this week is adapted from a song, “I Call You Brothers” and a prayer, “Prayer for Priestly Fraternity”, both by Fr. Bill Quinlivan.  I thank you again, Fr. Bill, for your continued inspiration! 

When You call our priests ‘brothers’ You’re reminding them that, as with Your apostles, You go where they do. May all priests intercede for one another through trials. Help them to find fraternity, and trust You to keep them on Your path. 

Lead them to speak Your Word and shine Your light. You have anointed them. Make them joyful servants, telling the world Your good news is true.  Don’t let them forget Your plan, keep them in Your hands.  Show them Your power, let them see what You can do. You make all things new. 

Guide them to seek Your will, find Your peace, and pursue holy Mass. When they are humbled, broken and tired, pour Your Grace out on them.  We pray they will always remember their ordination day. We’ll hear what You say when they walk Your way. 

Call them to You for restoration, recreation and retreat, as You rested with Your first-called. A time in prayer can be so sweet. 

Please bless their Convocation.  Christ Jesus, You share Your ministry of service, sacrament and preaching the word with our ordained brothers.  Your commandment to love one another, Your example of prayer, ministry, meals and leisure with Your apostles, as well as Your teaching on fraternal correction, each give them ways to live as brothers.  We praise You for the priests who already share holy friendship. Please continue to form them in Your image to celebrate their common call. Give courage to each of them to reach out to those struggling in their ministry or vocation.  Make them attentive to brother priests suffering illness or the effects of aging. And may they joyfully welcome the newly ordained. Amen. 

God bless you,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Good Shepherd Sunday!  This is one of my favorite titles for Jesus. More than just leading us to where we should go – and certainly not forcing us  – He accompanies us, gently and lovingly guiding us.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 5/8Fr. James LawlorBp. Larry J. Kulick
Greensburg PA
MONDAY 5/9Fr. William LairdAbp. Joseph E. Kurtz
Louisville KY
TUESDAY 5/10Fr. Charles LatusBp. Milan Lach SJ
Parma OH
WEDNESDAY 5/11Fr. William LeoneBp. Dominick John Lagonegro
New York NY
THURSDAY 5/12Fr. Steven LewisDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 5/13Fr. Christopher LinslerBp. Terry R. LaValley
Ogdensburg NY
SATURDAY 5/14Fr. Frank LioiBp. John J. Leibrecht
Springfield-Cape Girardeau MO

Our prayer this week is from a sixth century collect, modified from  Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts:

O Lord Jesus Christ, good Shepherd of the sheep, You came to seek the lost and gather them to Your fold.  Then You gave us priests to continue shepherding.  But they are people like us.  Have compassion on those priests who have wandered from You.  Feed those who hunger, physically, emotionally or spiritually.  Make the weary priests lie down in Your pastures, bind up those who are broken in heart, and strengthen those who are weak.  Remember that they rely on Your care, find comfort in Your love, and abide in Your guidance to their lives’ end; for Your name’s sake.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 5/1Pope FrancisBp. Barry C. Knestout
Richmond VA
MONDAY 5/2Fr. Stephen KrausBp. William E. Koenig
Wilmington DE
TUESDAY 5/3Fr. Robert KreckelBp. David Konderla
Tulsa OK
WEDNESDAY 5/4Fr. Gerard KriegBp. Joel M. Konzen SM
Atlanta GA
THURSDAY 5/5Fr. Scott KubinskiPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 5/6Fr. Vocations & SeminariansBp. Joseph R. Kopacz
Jackson MS
SATURDAY 5/7Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. John M. Kudrick
Parma OH

Our prayer this week is from the booklet, “Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph” from TAN Books:

O illustrious patriarch St. Joseph, who carried the Infant Jesus in thy blessed arms and who, during the space of thirty years, lived in the most intimate familiarity with Him, take under thy powerful protection those whom He has clothed with His authority and honored with the dignity of His priesthood, whom He has charged to continue His mission, to preach His Gospel, and to dispense everywhere His graces and blessings.  Sustain them in their fatigues and labors; console them in their pains; fortify them in their combats; but above all, keep far from them all the evils of sin.  Obtain for them the humility of St. John the Baptist, the faith of St. Peter, the zeal and charity of St. Paul, the purity of St. John and the spirit of prayer and recollection of which thou, my dear Saint, art the model, so that, after having been on earth, the faithful dispensers of the Mysteries of thy foster Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, they may in Heaven receive the recompense promised to pastors according to the Heart of God.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 4/24Fr. Francis JonesBp. J. Gregory Kelly
Dallas TX
MONDAY 4/25Fr. Matthew JonesBp. Carl A. Kemme
Wichita KS
TUESDAY 4/26Fr. Phillip JudgeBp. Arthur Kennedy
Boston MA
WEDNESDAY 4/27Fr. Stanley KacprzakBp. Donald J. Kettler
St. Cloud MN
THURSDAY 4/28Fr. Stephen KaraniPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 4/29Fr. Roy KigginsBp. Gerald F. Kicanas
Tucson AZ
SATURDAY 4/30Fr. Robert KennedyBp. Louis Kihneman III
Biloxi MS

Our prayer this week:

Most Precious Jesus, You know that we are a sinful people.  That is why You came to redeem us.  Our priests are men as well, subject to the same concupiscence as the rest of us humans.  Please pour down Your Divine Mercy on them.  Turn their hearts always to You that they may reflect Your love and mercy to the world.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Christus resurrexit!  He has risen!  Alleluia!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 4/17All MissionariesBp. Peter J. Jugis
Charlotte NC
MONDAY 4/18Fr. Frederick HelfrichBp. William J. Justice
San Francisco CA
TUESDAY 4/19Fr. Peter HelfrichBp. David D. Kagan
Bismarck ND
WEDNESDAY 4/20Fr. James HewesBp. Francis Kalabat
Southfield MI
THURSDAY 4/21Fr. Daniel HollandInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 4/22Fr. Timothy HoranBp. Francis J. Kane
Chicago IL
SATURDAY 4/23Fr. James JaegerAbp. James P. Keleher
Kansas City KS

Our prayer this week:

Lord Jesus Christ, You established the holy priesthood.  You chose these men for Your ministry, to minister to Your people.  We pray You give them strength and health to do the work You have for them to do.  Keep them in Your loving embrace, and grant them peace and rest.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Now we enter into Holy Week.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 4/10Inactive & Sabbatical PriestsBp. Gary Janak
San Antonio TX
MONDAY 4/11Fr. William GrafBp. Charles Michael Jarrell
Lafayette LA
TUESDAY 4/12Fr. Joseph HartBp. John J. Jenik
New York NY
WEDNESDAY 4/13Fr. John HayesBp. Daniel R. Jenky CSC
Peoria IL
THURSDAY 4/14All DeaconsDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 4/15Deceased PriestsBp. William M. Joensen
Des Moines IA
SATURDAY 4/16Fr. John HealyBp. James V. Johnston Jr.
Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer written by Viet Dietrich in the mid-16th century:

Lord God, heavenly Father, in Your fatherly grace You did not spare Your only Son but gave Him up to death on the cross.  But before He endured His Passion, He instituted the priesthood so that we would have shepherds to lead us to Him.  Pour Your Holy Spirit into the hearts of our priests, that they may find their highest comfort in Your grace.  Protect them from temptations to sin, and help them patiently bear whatever hardships may come, so that through You they may have eternal life.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Happy Feast of St. Julie Bullard on Friday, April 8.  She taught the faith to local children her entire life, as a child herself, and later when she was completely bed-ridden.  During the French Revolution she single-handedly convinced her entire village to boycott the schismatic priest who had taken over the local church.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 4/3Pope FrancisBp. Ibrahim N. Ibrahim
Southfield MI
MONDAY 4/4Fr. Michael FowlerBp. Josu Iriondo
New York NY
TUESDAY 4/5Fr. Ronald GaesserBp Fernando Isern
Pueblo CO
WEDNESDAY 4/6Fr. John GagnierAbp. Michael O. Jackels
Dubuque IA
THURSDAY 4/7Fr. Jeffrey GalensPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 4/8Fr. John GathenyaBp. Sam G. Jacobs
Houma-Thipodaux LA
SATURDAY 4/9Fr. Paul GitauBp. Sarhad Jammo
Southfield MI

Our prayer this week:

St. Julie Bullard, you know the strength it takes to remain true to the faith in the face of wide spread pressure and complacency.  You once told a friend, “For, in conscience, we must not leave our brethren in error.  If they go to the instructions of an intruder, they are automatically out of the way of salvation…”  Intercede with our Precious Lord, Jesus Christ, that our priests be protected from falling into the errors of such “intruders” and instead continue to lead us on the path of righteousness.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Happy Laetare Sunday!  Rejoice!

With all of the craziness and difficulties of this world, let us each take time to also rejoice in all that is good.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 3/27Deceased PriestsBp. William L. Higi
Lafayette IN
MONDAY 3/28Fr. Raymond FlemingBp. Michael J. Hoeppner
Crookston MN
TUESDAY 3/29Fr. Jesus Flores-RiveraBp. Martin D. Holley
Memphis TN
WEDNESDAY 3/30Fr. John ForniBp. Howard J. Hubbard
Albany NY
THURSDAY 3/31All MissionariesAbp. Alfred C. Hughes
New Orleans LA
FRIDAY 4/1Vocations & SeminariansBp. Walter A. Hurley
Gaylord MI
SATURDAY 4/2Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Donald J. Hying
Madison WI

Our prayer this week:

Heavenly Father, You know that during times of penance and trials, we Your children need to be able to see the good as well.  Today, we pray for all of Your holy priests who guide us daily to You.  We pray in thanksgiving for those priests who You have healed from their illnesses, and those who You have shown how to bear joyful witness by carrying their crosses of illness.  And we thank You for welcoming so many faithful priests into their eternal reward, where they continue to intercede for us.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Happy Feast of St. Joseph!

What a beautiful weekend.  I’m spending it at the St. Thomas More House of Prayer at a retreat on the ‘Spiritual Motherhood of Priests’.  Just as our priests are called to be fathers to us, so we are called to be spiritual mothers to them.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 3/20Fr. Thomas DuganAbp. Bernard A. Hebda
Saint Paul & Minneapolis MN
MONDAY 3/21Fr. William EndresBp. Robert F. Hennessey
Boston MA
TUESDAY 3/22Fr. Peter Enyan-BoaduBp. Richard G. Henning
Rockville Center NY
WEDNESDAY 3/23Fr. Thomas ErdleBp. Robert J Hermann
St. Louis MO
THURSDAY 3/24Fr. Richard FarrellPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 3/25Fr. James FennessyBp. Ronald A. Hicks
Joliet IL
SATURDAY 3/26Fr. John FirpoBp. Richard Higgins
Military Services USA

Our prayer this week is adapted from a sermon by St. Bernadine of Siena:

Good St. Joseph, you were the trustworthy guardian and protector of God’s greatest treasures, namely, His divine Son and Mary, the Immaculate Mother.  Our priests are here in persona Christi.  Please guard and protect them for us as well.

Remember them, Saint Joseph, and plead for them to your foster-child.  Ask your most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon them, since she is the mother of Him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns eternally.  Amen.
God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Happy Second Sunday of Lent.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 3/13Fr. Joseph DeMaioBp. Joseph G. Hanefeldt
Grand Island NE
MONDAY 3/14Fr. John DeSocioBp. Richard C. Hanifen
Colorado Springs CO
TUESDAY 3/15Fr. Edward DillonAbp. Jerome G. Hanus OSB
Dubuque IA
WEDNESDAY 3/16Fr. Hoan DinhBp. Bernard J. Harrington
Winona-Rochester MN
THURSDAY 3/17Fr. William DonnellyInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 3/18Fr. Clifford DorkenooBp. Joseph H. Hart
Cheyenne WY
SATURDAY 3/19Fr. Joseph MartuscelloAbp. Gregory J. Hartmayer OMF Conv.
Atlanta GA

Our prayer this week is adapted from a sermon by St. Pope Leo the Great:

Lord Jesus, You revealed Your glory in the presence of Your apostles Peter, James and John.  You did this in part to remove the scandal of the cross from the hearts of Your disciples and to prevent the humiliation of Your voluntary suffering from disturbing the faith of the foundling Church.  May our priests today look again to Your glory to strengthen them in the face of what this world views as a reason for ridicule, our faith in You.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Good morning everyone!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 3/6Pope FrancisBp Robert E. Guglielmone
Charleston SC
MONDAY 3/7Fr. Walter CushingBp Curtis J. Guillory SVD
Beaumont TX
TUESDAY 3/8Fr. Gerard D’SouzaBp. Thomas J. Gumbleton
Detroit MI
WEDNESDAY 3/9Fr. Bernard DanBp. Yousif Habash
Bayonne NJ
THURSDAY 3/10Fr. B. Nathan DavisDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 3/11Fr. August DeasioBp. Jeffrey R. Haines
Milwaukee WI
SATURDAY 3/12Fr. Albert DelmonteBp. Donald F. Hanchon
Detroit MI

Our prayer this week is a A Prayer for the Physical Protection of Priests and Seminarians by Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S.:

Most Holy Trinity, we graciously beseech you to surround priests and seminarians with the physical protection they need in a world that is increasingly hostile towards them.  Lord Jesus, Eternal High Priest, you experienced first the physical blows of hatred against your priesthood to the point of death.  Have mercy upon your brother priests who are at great risk of physical harm, even to the point of death.  We ardently implore you to surround your priests and seminarians with mighty angelic protection against all forms of hate.  We implore you to guide their footsteps and protect their coming and going, their parishes, rectories and bedrooms against all malicious harm.  May your Precious Blood form an impenetrable defense around every priest and seminarian!  We pray also for the priests and seminarians that have suffered harm or unnatural death due to religious persecution and violent crime.  In your great goodness you make fruitful their ultimate sacrifice for the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.  Beloved Mary, Mother of all priests and seminarians, please wrap your mantle of grace around these chosen men of God as a blanket of protection.  And as you protected the one Eternal High Priest with a wall of maternal prayer and charity, please guard all priests and seminarians from physical harm.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Happy Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 2/20Fr. Richard CrawleyBp. Roger W. Gries OSB
Cleveland OH
MONDAY 2/21Inactive & Sabbatical PriestsBp. James A. Griffin
Columbus OH
TUESDAY 2/22Fr. Charles CurranBp. Jeffrey S. Grob
Chicago IL
WEDNESDAY 2/23All DeaconsBp. Edward M. Grosz
Buffalo NY
THURSDAY 2/24Fr. Donald CurtissPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 2/25Vocations & SeminariansBp. Robert D. Gruss
Saginaw MI
SATURDAY 2/26Bp. Salvatore MatanoAbp. Borys Andrij Gudziak
Philadelphia PA

Our prayer this week is adapted from the priests’ Formula of Intent:

May our priests have the intention to celebrate Mass and to consecrate the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Rite of Holy Roman Church, to the praise of almighty God and all the Church triumphant, for their good and that of all the Church militant, for all who have commended themselves to their prayers in general and in particular, and for the welfare of Holy Roman Church.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Happy Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 2/20Fr. William CoffasBp. Francisco Gonzalez SF
Washington DC
MONDAY 2/21Fr. John ColacinoBp. Gregory W. Gordon
Las Vegas NV
TUESDAY 2/22Fr. Daniel CondonBp. John R. Gorman
Chicago IL
WEDNESDAY 2/23Fr. Patrick ConnorBp. Rene H. Gracida
Corpus Christi TX
THURSDAY 2/24Fr. Brian CoolPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 2/25Fr. William CosgroveMsgn. Douglas L. Grams
New Ulm MN
SATURDAY 2/26Fr. Michael CostikCard. Wilton D. Gregory
Washington DC

Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer of St. Augustine:

Breathe in our priests, O Holy Spirit, that their thoughts may all be holy.
Act in them, O Holy Spirit, that their work, too, may be holy.
Draw their hearts, O Holy Spirit, that they love but what is holy.
Strengthen them, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard them, then, O Holy Spirit, that they always may be holy.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Happy Feast of St. Valentine on Monday this week. May we all spend our day, and all days, showing Christ’s redeeming love to those around us.  It is also the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.  As we are spreading Christ’s love, let us ensure we are finding ways to make that message understood.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 2/13Fr. Lee ChaseBp. Joseph J. Gerry OSB
Portland ME
MONDAY 2/14Deceased PriestsBp. Gerald A. Gettlefinger
Evansville in
TUESDAY 2/15All MissionariesBp. Ronald M. Gilmore
Dodge City KS
WEDNESDAY 2/16Fr. Augustine ChumoBp. Raymond E. Goedert
Chicago IL
THURSDAY 2/17Bishop Emer. Matthew ClarkInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 2/18All DeaconsBp. James Golka
Colorado Springs CO
SATURDAY 2/19Fr. Peter CliffordAbp. Jose H. Gomez
Los Angeles CA

Our prayer this week:

Lord, You have called our priests to the priestly ministry in a particular moment of history, as in the times of the first Apostles, when You desire that all Christians, and in a particular way Your priests, might be witnesses to the wonders of God and the strength of Your Spirit.

Allow them to be witnesses to the dignity of human life, to the grandeur of love, and to the power of the ministry which they have received.  May their entire lives be dedicated to You:  for love, only for love, and for a higher love.

May their commitment to celibacy born of Your mission, be a joyful and happy affirmation and a total dedication of themselves to others in the service of Your Church.  Give them strength in their weakness, and gratitude for their steadfastness.

Holy Mother Mary, greatest and most wonderful mother of all time, grant that they may entrust their lives to you each day.  Mary, font of generosity and dedication, grant that they may be joined with you at the foot of the greatest crosses of the world, experiencing the redeeming pain of the death of your Son, so that they might enjoy the triumph of the Resurrection for eternal life. Amen

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

We all know that the Church is universal, and we are all part of one family.  Each parish is a small example of the whole Church.  Right now there are an unknown number of priests worldwide who are unable to celebrate Mass with and administer the sacraments to their parishioners, because they have Covid or other illnesses.  We pray for their healing. We are grateful for other priests who are willing and able to step in to help.  Let’s also pray for vocations and seminarians so we will have more holy priests.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 2/6Pope FrancisBp. Victor B. Galeone
St. Augustine FL
MONDAY 2/7Fr. Lance GonyoBp. Daniel E. Garcia
Monterey CA
TUESDAY 2/8Fr. Roman CalyAbp. Gustavo Garcia-Siller MSpS
San Antonio TX
WEDNESDAY 2/9Fr. Brian CarpenterBp. James H. Garland
Marquette MI
THURSDAY 2/10Fr. Joseph CataniseDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 2/11Fr. Scott CatonBp. John R. Gaydos
Jefferson City MO
SATURDAY 2/12Fr. Thomas CelsoBp. Louis E. Gelineau
Providence RI

Our prayer this week:

O God, whose Only Begotten Son bore the weight of human suffering for our salvation, hear the prayers of Your Church for our sick priests and deliver them from this time of trial.  Open their ears and their hearts to the voice of your Son: Be not afraid, for I am with you always.  Give them the faith to endure this hour, that they and we might gather once again to praise Your Name in the heart of Your Church, delivered from all distress and confident in Your mercy.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May God protect our beloved priests through this time of trial.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

This Wednesday we will be celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  The presentation of Love personified.  And He teaches us what love truly is.  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.” (1Cor 13:4-6)

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 1/30Fr. Alexander BradshawBp. Daniel E. Flores
Brownsville TX
MONDAY 1/31Fr. Richard BricklerBp. John T. Folda
Fargo ND
TUESDAY 2/1Fr. Philip BrockmyreBp. Roger J. Foys
Covington KY
WEDNESDAY 2/2Fr. Michael BrownBp. William E. Franklin
Davenport IA
THURSDAY 2/3Fr. Timothy BrownPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 2/4Vocations & SeminariansBp. Timothy E. Freyer
Orange CA
SATURDAY 2/5Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Ronald W. Gainer
Harrisburg PA

Our prayer this week:

Heavenly Father, You sent Jesus to us to show us true Love.  We frequently get it wrong, and we often fall short.  Thank You for giving us holy priests who also do “not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoice with the truth,” and with their joy in the Truth point us back to Your path when we stray.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

What a great week this will be!  How can we call it “ordinary time” when we have such a powerful string of feasts and memorials to celebrate this week?  We start with St. Marianne Cope on Sunday, then St. Francis de Sales and then the Conversion of St. Paul.  On Wednesday we have Sts. Timothy & Titus, then St. Angela Merici, St. Thomas Aquinas and finally, St. Aquilinus on Saturday.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 1/23Fr. Paul BonacciBp. Robert W. Finn
Kansas City-St. Joseph MO
MONDAY 1/24Fr. Dennis BonsignoreAbp. Joseph A. Fiorenza
Galveston-Houston TX
TUESDAY 1/25Deceased PriestsBp. Michael W. Fisher
Buffalo NY
WEDNESDAY 1/26Fr. Robert BourcyBp. Robert J. Fisher
Detroit MI
THURSDAY 1/27Fr. James BoylePersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 1/28Fr. Robert BradlerBp. Michael J. Fitzgerald
Philadelphi PA
SATURDAY 1/29All MissionariesBp. John W. Flesey
Newark NJ

Our prayer this week is a Prayer for Holy Priests, found at Our Lady of the Rosary Library (www.olrl.org):

My Dear Jesus, You desire that we pray the Lord of the harvest that He send zealous laborers into His harvest.  Deign to raise up in Thy Church, and especially in this diocese, numerous and holy priests who, taking Thy Divine Heart as their Model, will in the exercise of their holy priesthood, promote the glory of Thy heavenly Father and the salvation of those souls whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.  Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of Thy divine love, seek nothing but Thy greater glory and the salvation of souls.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many holy priests.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Happy Sunday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 1/16Fr. Victor BartolottaBp. Robert C. Evans
Providence RI
MONDAY 1/17Fr. Michael BauschBp. Shelton J. Fabre
Houma-Thibodaux LA
TUESDAY 1/18Fr. Peter BayerAbp. John C. Favalora
Miami FL
WEDNESDAY 1/19Fr. Richard BeligottiBp. David E. Fellhauer
Victoria TX
THURSDAY 1/20Fr. Robert BeligottiInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 1/21Fr. Philip BillotteBp. Daniel J. Felton
Duluth MN
SATURDAY 1/22Fr. Sylvester BiohBp. Jerome Feudjio
Saint Thomas VI

Our prayer this week is from St. Therese of the Child Jesus:

O Holy Father, may the torrents of love flowing from the sacred wounds of your divine Son bring forth priests like unto the beloved disciple John who stood at the foot of the cross; priests, who as a pledge of your own most tender love will lovingly give your divine Son to the souls of men.

May your priests be faithful guardians of your Church, as John was of Mary, whom he received into his house.  Taught by this loving Mother who suffered so much on Calvary, may they display a mother’s care and thoughtfulness towards your children.

May they teach souls to enter into close union with you through Mary who, as the Gate of Heaven, is specially the guardian of the treasures of your divine Heart.

Give us priests who are on fire, and who are true children of Mary, priests who will give Jesus to souls with the same tenderness and care with which Mary carried the Little Child of Bethlehem.

Mother of sorrows and of love, out of compassion for your beloved Son, open in our hearts deep wells of love, so that we may console Him and give Him a generation of priests formed in your school and having all the tender thoughtfulness of your own spotless love. Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, January 9, 2022, The Baptism of the Lord

Happy Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 1/9Fr. Mitchell ZygadloBp. John M. Dougherty
Scranton PA
MONDAY 1/10Fr. William AmannBp. Michael G. Duca
Baton Rouge LA
TUESDAY 1/11Fr. Anthony AmatoBp. John P. Dunne
Rockville Center NY
WEDNESDAY 1/12Fr. Ronald AntinarelliBp. Eusebio L. Elizondo MSpS
Seattle WA
THURSDAY 1/13Fr. Frederick AsumingDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 1/14Fr. Theodore AubleBp. Felipe J. Estevez
St. Augustine FL
SATURDAY 1/15Fr. William BarrettAbp. Paul D. Etienne
Seattle WA

Our prayer this week: 

Lord Jesus Christ, in order to fulfill all righteousness, You were baptized by John in the Jordan.  On this feast day, may our priests be clothed with this same righteousness, that as Your baptized people, they, too, may be called beloved children of Your Father, and because of You, know He is well pleased with them; through Your mercy, now and forever.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, January 2, 2022, The Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord

Happy New Year, everyone!  

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are: 

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 1/2Pope FrancisCard. Daniel N. Dinard
Galveston-Houston TX
MONDAY 1/3Fr. Eugene WeisBp. John F. Doerfler
Marquette MI
TUESDAY 1/4Fr. Robert WerthBp. Timothy L. Doherty
Lafayette IN
WEDNESDAY 1/5Fr. Thomas WheelandBp. John P. Dolan
San Diego CA
THURSDAY 1/6Fr. Daniel E. WhitePope Francis & 
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 1/7Vocations & SeminariansCard. Timothy M. Dolan
New York NY
SATURDAY 1/8Fr. Daniel L. WhiteBp. John A. Dooher
Boston MA

Our prayer this week is actually an adaptation of two prayers by two unknown authors:  

A New Year’s Prayer
Lord, You make all things new. Bring hope alive in the hearts of our priests, and cause their Spirits to be born again. Thank you for this new year for all the potential it holds.  Come and kindle in our priests a mighty flame so that in our time, many will see the wonders of God and live forever to praise Your glorious name.  Come, Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with our priests today and always.  Be their Light, their Guide, and their Comforter.  Be their Strength, their Courage, and their Sanctifier.  May this new year be a time of deep spiritual growth for them and us, a time of welcoming Your graces and gifts, a time for forgiving freely and unconditionally, a time for growing in virtue and goodness.  Come, Holy Spirit, be with us and our priests today and always. Amen.

God bless, 
Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Happy Feast of the Holy Family.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 12/26All DeaconsBp. Enrique Delgado
Miami, FL
MONDAY 12/27Fr. Michael UpsonBp. Edward M. Delilah
Philadelphia PA
TUESDAY 12/28Fr. Peter Van LieshoutBp. Italo Dell’ Oro CRS
Houston-Galveston TX
WEDNESDAY 12/29Fr. Louis VasileBp. William J. Dendinger
Grand Island NE
THURSDAY 12/30Fr. Walter WainwrightBp. J. Douglas Deshotel
Lafayette LA
FRIDAY 12/31Fr. Matthew WalterBp. Frank J. Dewane
Venice FL
SATURDAY 1/1Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Nicholas DiMarzio
Brooklyn NY

Our prayer this week:

Lord Jesus, You came to earth as an infant, totally dependent on Your family to protect and care for You. May our priests, whether they are “baby priests” just beginning their priestly ministry, or priests who have ministered to us for decades, remember that they need care and protection just as You did. Any may they remember Your humility as they follow Your example here in our world.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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We began this ministry in May of 2019. Here are links to the archived prayer messages.

Prayers 2021
Prayers 2020
Prayers 2019

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