Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Following on the Year of St. Paul, which closes with Evening Prayer on the Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles (29 June), will be a Year For Priests. It will begin on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 19 June. It will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with Pope Benedict on June 19, 2010.
Pope Benedict announced the year in an address about the "missionary dimension of the priesthood." The description on the U.S. Bishop's website also lists events connected with it and encouraging everyone to pray for priests, transitional deacons and seminarians.