Celebrate the Year of the Priest


On Sunday April 25 the Forum is sponsoring a talk by Father Robert Crooker, CSB. The event is open to all and it will be held at 2pm in the Ahern Room of Crooker Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. He will speak about the Priesthood, taking some inspiration from Pope John Paul II’s Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of my Priestly Vocation. This will be a way for us to celebrate the Year of the Priest. Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father from June 9-11, 2010. I hope that people will join us to mark the occasion. Father Crooker was ordained in 1953. So this June marks the the Fiftieth=Seventh Anniversary of his Priestly Vocation. We will be delighted to hear from him on the richness and beauty of priestly vocation. You can see and listen to an interview with Fr Crooker on the Salt and Light website, available here.

Selections from Pope John Paul II’s book, Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of my Priestly Vocation, maybe found here.

In discussing the Marian thread in his vocation Pope John Paul II talks about frequent pilgrimages to Kalwaria Zebrzdowska (picture above). He said that these spiritual experiences were “fundamental in shaping that journey of prayer and contemplation which gradually brought me to the priesthood, and which would later continue to guide me in all the events of my life.”.

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