Year for Priests video archive

29 Sep 2009

13 June 2010 |Benedict XVI: Priests be hard-working witnesses

Pope Benedict XVI renewed his thanks to faithful priests throughout the world at the traditional Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square. He said he hopes that the figure of holy Curé of Ars, St John Marie Vianney, might continue to provide a nourishing example to priests in their personal conversation with God.


27 May 2010 | Highlights from the address of Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Maynooth

On Thursday 27 May 2010, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in cooperation with the Irish Bishops’ Conference, hosted a seminar to mark the Year for Priests. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, delivered the keynote address entitled God is the only treasure people desire to find in a priest. Cardinal Seán Brady made a response on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference to Archbishop Dolan’s lecture.

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27 May 2010 |Video interview with Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, about the Year for Priests

In the following two-part video interview, Archbishop Dolan, Archbishop of New York talks to Brenda Drumm of the Catholic Communications Office about what the Year for Priests has meant to the Church and to priests. He talks about the importance of Sunday Mass and his views on priesthood and vocations. He concludes the interview by talking about his blog and the importance of using iMinistry or online ministry to spread the Gospel message. …
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26 May 2010 | Benedict XVI “Authority is service: to lead men to God”

The task of governing the People of God which Christ entrusted to priests is a service, the service of the Gospel. The Pope said this during the general audience catechesis in St. Peter’s Square, before 40 thousand faithful.

25-28 April | Video footage from the Visit of the Relics of St John Vianney to Ireland

(part I Cork and Dublin, part II Knock and Armagh)

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14 April 2010 | Benedict XVI: Priests, bring Christ, not yourselves!

When teaching, the priest does not offer his thoughts to man, but shows the reality and presence of God who lives in the world. Benedict XVI reiterated this in today’s catechesis of the general audience held in St Peter’s Square before more than 20 thousand faithful.

18 February | Meeting with the parish priests of the diocese of Rome – ‘Lectio Divina’ of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, February 18th, in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican, Benedict XVI met with the priests and pastors of the diocese of Rome for their traditional encounter at the beginning of Lent. The encounter was held in the form of a Lectio Divina. Commenting on a passage from the Letter to the Hebrews, the Pope noted that priests must be true men in order to bridge human and the divine realities.

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12 February 2010 | To coincide with the Year for Priests, St Joseph’s Young Priests Society visited Áras an Uachtaráin to meet President Mary McAleese

St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society is a Catholic lay organisation which exists to help student clerics on their journey to priesthood. The Society fosters vocations to the priesthood and religous life.


4 December 2009 | Priesthood to be founded on the values of Jesus

Not to judge, but to save: This is the characteristic of those who follow Christ. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household, noted this in this year’s first Advent sermon. The three meditations on Advent were based on the nature and duties of the priesthood, departing from the writings of St. Paul, as part of the Year for Priests currently in progress.

15 August 2009 | Ordination of Fr Francis Coll in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh


19 June 2009 | Video footage from the inauguration of the ‘Year of Priests’ (from the Vatican’s YouTube Channel)

On Friday 19 June, at Second Vespers of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated a Year for Priests in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the dies natalis of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests worldwide …