Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate

The other day I posted about priests who are bullied when they do the right thing.   In my email I got notes from people offered financial help, a place to live, pro bono counseling, etc.  Some of you readers are simply amazing.  You keep me going on a daily basis.

On the sidebar of this blog, I have an item you can click to say a daily prayer for priests.   The prayer, which has been around for awhile, was renewed through an imprimatur given by the late, great, Extraordinary Ordinary, Bp. Morlino, who understood the needs of priests none better.

This morning another thing came to mind.  Hence, below, I repost something I wrote back in August 2018.


Originally Published on: Aug 18, 2018

Terrific movement of prayer for priests: Seven Sisters Apostolate

Recently, I’ve written about some things that bishops and priests should do in this crisis time.  I’ve also made suggestions to lay people about things they can do.

However, there is one thing that lay people can do… especially lay women… which will be of enormous value in the coming days.

Last June, I attended a party arranged for the 90th birthday of a priest friend in my native place at the parish where he still helps on Sundays.  The pastor there is also an old friend.  While I was there, I kept hearing references to the “Seven Sisters”.  I inquired and learned of this great apostolate.

Seven Sisters Apostolate

This is a bit of a movement, actually.

In essence, 7 women and perhaps a couple alternates, commit for 1 year to 1 hour of prayer for 1 priest each week.   Hence, there is a lady on Monday, one on Tuesday, etc., ideally in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

In some cases, though this is not obligatory, the priest or bishop may not even know who they are.

There are good resources at their site.

This is a terrific apostolate.   They are in the process of having the movement designated as an association of the faithful.

May I suggest to some of you women who read here regularly that you might contact them and seek to start a local group for your local bishop and priests, the pastor of your parish, a retired priest, where you are?

Also, I would not object were a group of Seven Sisters might consider praying for me.   Perhaps one of you know six others where you live who also read this blog.

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2 Responses to Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate

  1. JustaSinner says:

    Why not set up a trust fund to dole small funds to destitute/desperate priests in this situation? Administered by lay folks, local Bishops could not interfere unless they would try to bully said lay folks. Ex-communications? Considering they have no guts to do this to CHILD MURDERING POLITICIANS, me thinks they be all bluff! Call it the Fund of St. Benedict Joseph Labre.

  2. teachermom24 says:

    I first became aware of the Seven Sisters Apostolate through reading this blog. Within a month we were able to initiate the apostolate in our parish. It has been a tremendous blessing for our pastor and all the women involved. It is not hard but reaps extraordinary benefits.

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