Why St. Francis’ Followers Pray for Priests

by Sister Julie Ann on September 27, 2011

St. Francis often spoke of special honor for priests because of the dignity of the Lord’s Sacrament which is made present by them. Praying for priests is a priority for Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. We also support those in the initial steps of being called to become Sacramental servants of our Catholic Church.  

In some cases,  men who are our relatives including uncles, brothers, etc. receive special heartfelt mention in prayer. Recently, Fr. Troy Schneider, newly ordained nephew of our Sister Florita Schneider, presided at Eucharist in one of our Motherhouse chapels. He came to thank the Community personally for our support. Sister Florita’s oldest living brother Roger’s son, Fr. Troy, is originally from Eugene, OR, but after moving to California was ordained for the Orange Diocese. He is presently continuing studies at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium.

Seminarians including the grand nephew of Sister Frances Joseph Hildebrand, Sean Dooley, do receive daily prayer. Sean is a Diocese of Columbus, OH seminarian attending the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH. His and Sister Frances Joseph’s home parish is St. Nicholas, Zanesville, OH. Needless to say, our Sisters also stay connected to former students who are beginning religious or priestly formation or are pastors of God’s people in various roles.

Current Community correspondence is sent through our Vocation Office to seminarians studying in these locations: Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL; Conception Seminary, Conception, MO; St. John Vianney,, St. Paul, MN; St. Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN; St. Francis de Sales Seminary, St. Francis, WI, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA and Pontifical North American College, Vatican City.

We invite you to pray with us.

7 thoughts on “Why St. Francis’ Followers Pray for Priests”

  1. Prayers to many good friends who are priests; Fr. Ralph Doorack SM has a special place in my heart for sharing so much of his missionary spirit and journeys through the Andes Mts of Peru with me, ministering with the people of these remote communities!

    Also special prayers to my Yuma high school student Drew Anderson during this novitiate time with the Dominican Friars in Denver!

  2. srsharon says:

    God's continued blessings to all those on their journey of following the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your vocation.  GREAT to see your picture on our Community Website, Sean.  The Lord continue to bless you abundantly in all ways!  From one Ohioan to another. Blessings to your confreres also!  Sister Sharon Paul

  3. sisterjune says:

    Our Franciscan community has always supported priests and seminarians by our prayers.  Every month we have a Mass offered for vocations to the priesthood and Religious life.

  4. Sr. Carol Seidl says:

    Beautiful prayer ministry! We never know as teachers what inspiration we give to our students to be a priest, brother or sister. It is always a great feeling to hear that one of our students chose the religious life. I pray for those especially who I have known to choose a consecrated life.

  5. Thomas C. Pitcock says:

    Sean is an outstanding young man and will be a great Priest. Good luck Sean as you continue your studies. Hope to see you on your next visit home.

               Tom Pitcock
               St. Nicholas Church
              Zanesville, Ohio

  6. Sean is a man of hospitality. This gift goes a long way when serving God's people.

  7. Sister St. Louis says:

    What a great work to pray for priests!  I am very active in this. I write to our present seminarians. I have been doing
    this for many years so I plead that everyone will be interested in joining all of those  who pray hard for them.
    As everyone knows how badly we need priests to continue Our Lord's work.  Keep praying . God bless you.

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