An “Adopt-A-Priest” initiative

From a reader:

Here’s a great idea that I found in the bulletetin at ____.
If you are interested in Spiritually Adopting a priest or renewing
your current Spiritual Adoption for another year, you can sign up
after any of the Sunday Masses outside the Church. Through Spiritual Adoption, you agree to pray for your adopted priest each day for one year. When you register, you will be given an adoption certificate with the name of your adopted priest and a prayer card with a suggested prayer to say for him each day. Please see Sister ___.  God bless you for supporting Christ’s Priesthood!

These are great initiatives.  I have seen similar in different parishes.

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  1. AnAmericanMother says:

    Our parish has a similar project – it’s called “Team 31” – you sign up for one day a month to attend Mass to pray for our priests and seminarians. And we also have the St. Anne Line Society that organizes prayer for our priests and religious.

  2. jarhead462 says:

    I don’t like it…I LOVE IT!!

    Semper Fi!

  3. priests wife says:

    another idea- give a ‘spiritual bouquet’ with any Christmas or ordination anniversary gift given to your pastor

    You simply write down the prayers/Masses/rosaries that will be said for his intentions in a card (the kids can drawn some flowers and then you write down the prayers)

    We signed up with the website rosaryforthebishop as well

  4. There is a religious order: Handmaids of the Precious Blood, that are trying to get someone for “Every priest in America”… quite a lofty goal. (

    They really are an amazing order! There are around 40,000 priests in the US and they have about 29,500 people signed up! What a devout endeavor.

  5. MissOH says:

    Our archdiocese does this during Lent for our seminarians and priest. I continue praying for the ones chosen even after Lent.

  6. Our diocese (Raleigh) has a group that does this called the Curé d’Ars Prayer Group:

    It is a great joy to pray for our bishop, our priests, and our seminarians daily. Everyone I know involved in this also prays daily for the Holy Father; many are also adorers for the sanctification and protection of our priests. Recently Fr. Z reminded us that a priest in hell is also a “priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” and that our priests are aware of this. If that didn’t drive me/us to our knees to pray for our priests I don’t know what could.

    There is also a blog called “Spiritual Mothers of Priests” which can encourage us ladies if we have a calling in that direction:

  7. LouiseA says:

    The SSPX in the USA runs a prayer-for-priests “little” apostolate:

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