“Collar Hollers” and EncouragePriests.org

Thanks to a commentator here, I just learned about


You can, apparently, send “Collar Hollers” graphics to priests, to give them a boost.  You can print them, send them by email, or use other social networking tools.

It looks as if this is an initiative of Catholics Come Home.  As such, it gets my support, since it seeks to reinvigorate our Catholic identity.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    How about, Thanks Father, for wearing your collar–a real collar holler!

  2. Father K says:

    I think they are corny and somewhat embarrasing

  3. disco says:

    Probably not as satisfying as a WDTPRS kudos

  4. Elizabeth D says:

    I find this somewhat irresistible–corny though it is. I tried sending it to myself first (via gmail) to see how it worked, and it just sent a link, not a graphic that appeared in the email. If you click the link it goes to the graphic. But I don’t think my priests, who are very busy, would bother clicking the link to find out what it was. Neither does it seem to make sense to save it and then send it as an attachment to an email. Am I doing something wrong?

    I think it is a nice idea, with value not just for priests but to the lay people who are making a gesture of thanks and affection toward their priest–but it does not seem to work the way I expected it to so I didn’t actually send it to my priests.

  5. Liz says:

    I like this group: http://www.opusbono.org/index.html

    It’s heart-breaking what some of these priests are going through.

    Anything we can do to encourage our priests seems very important…God bless them all!

  6. Paul says:

    It’s a nice idea and might be even better if printed out and wrapped around a bottle of good whiskey, prior to delivery.

  7. ghlad says:

    I sent my parish priest an email a few weeks ago thanking him outright for faithfully following his vocation, all of the sacrifices he makes on behalf of my parish, and ensuring him of my prayers.

    Without a doubt such emails and reminders such as these “Collar Hollers” ARE corny, but they’re sentiment cannot be denied! We love our priests!

  8. NoTambourines says:

    There’s more than the “Collar Holler” at the site, though it’s catchy. If you go from the home page, there are more traditional “spiritual bouquet” options if, like me, you’re inclined toward more formality.

  9. Father K says:


    I appreciate that sentiment as do all priests I am sure. Thank you

  10. dnicoll says:

    The website does some slightly more tasteful ‘thank you’ material here http://encouragepriests.org/spiritual-bouquets.php, which I have used in the past and have been very well received.

    And thank you Liz for the Opus Bono Sacerdotii link. I will be making use of it.

  11. Veronica says:

    We invited our pastor to our house to have lunch with us after Sunday Mass. He did such a good job in his homily about the Purgatory and we let him know that over the table. He asked what in particular we liked. He said he was not trying to fish for compliments, but he wanted to know what had touched us from his homily. We told him and he was grateful to us for letting him know.

    Sometimes we forget to thank our priests when they do a good job. But it’s like any other vocation. Mothers don’t love their childrens to be praised. Likewise, good priests are not looking to be praised or thanked, but it certainly would be good to have at least a kind word to your pastor every now and then and, most importantly, to pray always for him so he perseveres in his vocation. So tonight during your prayer time, please say three Hail Marys for your pastor. I’m sure those can make a big difference in his life.

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  13. medievalist says:

    I like them.

    Sadly, you could probably only send them to younger priests with an actual email address.

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