Priests Invited to Rome

August 19, 2009 10:37 am
Pope Benedict XVI has issued an invitation, through the Congregation of the Clergy, for priests to attend the closing ceremonies for the Year for Priests in Rome from
June 9 –11 ,2010. The announcement was made on Vatican Radio.
The first day will be celebrated in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, with prayer and a conference on "Conversion and Mission." There will also be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, time for confession and the celebration of Mass.

Day two will bring the priests together in the Basilica of St. Mary Major where they will focus on the theme "The Upper Room: Invoking the Holy Spirit With Mary, in Fraternal Communion." At the end of the day, participants will gather at St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate a vigil service, with testimonies and music, as well as adoration.

Benedict XVI will participate in this latter event, offering a discourse to the priests.

Friday, June 11, solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be focused on the theme "With Peter, in Ecclesial Communion." On that day, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s, closing the Year for Priests and marking the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests.

The Congregation for Clergy has entrusted the organization of these events to the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, the Vatican institution whose mission is to evangelize through pastoral tourism and the ministry of pilgrimage.

Priests who want to participate in the event should register with the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi: