Year for Priests

June 19 2009 - June 19 2010

Archdiocese of Birmingham



Launch Event

Open Air Mass

28th June 2009

Oscott College

Archbishop Vincent Nichols returned to his former diocese for the Feast of St Peter and St Paul and the beginning of the Year of Priests", with a clear message: "Make each day a prayer and pray for your priests". Click here

Priesthood Prayer Calendar

We invite you to pray for one of the priests of our diocese each day during the “Year for Priests”  in celebration of them and their ministry.  Click here

Prayer Cards, Posters etc...

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National Youth Discernment Festival

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Who’s training now?

Meet our diocesan seminarians preparing for the priesthood click here


Who is being ordained to the priesthood for our diocese and across the country during the year for priests. click here


View the collection here

Pope Benedict XVI has called the whole Church to celebrate a Year for Priests beginning on 19th June 2009, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. (Click here for the Pope’s letter.)

His purpose for this year is to encourage priests in their “striving for spiritual perfection on which, above all, the effectiveness of their ministry depends” and to highlight “the importance of the priest’s role and mission in the Church and in contemporary society”. 

To do this the Holy Father calls us to a renewed focus on the centrality of Christ in our lives and in the Church and that “brings with it the correct appreciation of the ministerial priesthood, without which there would be neither the Eucharist, nor even the mission nor the Church herself”.

This same year is the 150th anniversary of the death of St John Vianney, the patron saint of priests, and also the occasion of the visit to England of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux – who from her Carmelite convent showed her life-long devotion to priests by praying for them, supporting them and corresponding with them. 

In a recent letter from Cardinal Hummes, prefect to the Congregation for the clergy he asks that “this year be an occasion for a period of intense appreciation of the priestly identity, of the theology of the Catholic priesthood, and of the extraordinary meaning of the vocation and mission of priests within the Church and in society.

May it be a year as well of religious and of public celebration which will bring the people – the local Catholic community – to pray, to reflect, to celebrate, and justly to give honour to their priests. In the ecclesial community a celebration is a very cordial event which expresses and nourishes Christian joy, a joy which springs from the certainty that God loves us and celebrates with us. May it therefore be an opportunity to develop the communion and friendship between priests and the communities entrusted to their care”. (Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo, Prefect, Congregation for the Clergy). Click here for full letter

During this year of focus, dioceses from across England and Wales will be organising local events and initiatives as well as supporting those aimed to everyone nationally. Information on these will be displayed throughout the year.

If you would like to tell us about an event or initiative that you are aware of, please click here

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Invocation is a national festival aimed at young men and women aged 16-35, who are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ, discern God’s will for their lives and perhaps be open to the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. 

The event will provide time for prayer, quiet reflection, and discernment through Keynote speeches, interactive workshops and life changing services. Perhaps most importantly, we hope that you will find time for discussion informally on a one-to-one basis with inspiring priests and religious, who will journey with you through the weekend sharing their wealth of experience and providing witness to their lives and vocation.

For more information click here