Foundation of Prayer for Priests
Pray. Serve. Renew.
Who We Are
With explicit support from the Congregation for the Clergy at the Vatican, the Foundation of Prayer for Priests is a Eucharistic and Marian apostolate of intercessory prayer and catechesis instituted to obtain graces for the sanctification of priests and foster vocations to the priesthood. Affirming the indispensability of priests standing at the forefront of the Church and following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Icon of Spiritual Motherhood, we invite all Catholics to join us in this global mission of prayer and sacrifice for the New Evangelization.
Our mission is to advance the New Evangelization by catechizing and engaging the global Catholic family in a movement of prayer for the sanctification of priests and priestly vocations through the offering of Eucharistic adoration, intercessory prayer, sacrifices, and service.
The formation of future priests, both diocesan and religious, and lifelong assiduous care for their personal sanctification in the ministry and for the constant updating of their pastoral commitment is considered by the Church one of the most demanding and important tasks for the future of the evangelization of humanity.
- St. John Paul II
We intend in a very particular way to entrust all priests to Mary, the Mother of the Eternal High Priest, bringing about in the Church a movement of prayer, placing 24 hour continuous Eucharistic adoration at the center, so that a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition, and reparation will be raised to God, incessantly and from every corner of the earth, with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state and, at the same time, spiritually uniting with a certain spiritual maternity — at the level of the Mystical Body — all those who have already been called to the ministerial priesthood and are ontologically conformed to the one High and Eternal priest. This movement will offer better service to Christ and his brothers — those who are at once ‘inside’ the Church and also ‘at the forefront’ of the Church, standing in Christ’s stead and representing Him, as head, shepherd and spouse of the Church.
- Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
The Lord today is calling the faithful in evergrowing numbers to pray, to offer sacrifices, in order to have holy priests. A concern, a passion, for holy priests has spread as a sign of the times throughout today’s Church. . . . The royal and universal priesthood of believers has found a new way of expressing itself: contributing to the sanctification of ministerial priesthood. Such vocations are extending out more and more beyond the walls of the cloistered monasteries, where they have been hidden, and are reaching the faithful. This vocation is becoming widespread, a call that God addresses to many.
- Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., Preacher to the Papal Household