Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saint John Vianney’s Pastoral Plan.

St. John Vianney (1786-1859) is regaining popularity among diocesan seminarians. After a generation of being ignored,if not ridiculed,the patron saint of parish priests is once again finding his way into the hearts and minds of seminarians and priests. The Church names him as patron because this humble priest,assigned to the backwaters of southeastern,post revolutionary France,reveals things perennial about the priesthood and priestly ministry. The pioneering Pope Blessed John XXIII even wrote an encyclical letter on St. John Vianney recommending him as a model for diocesan priests to follow. The new generation of American priests is not discovering St. John Vianney because it simply has nostalgia for what is old,rather because it has a hunger for what perdures. This article is the fruit of this search and the summary of a discussion I had with a group of transitional deacons on the cusp of ordination. By the time this article is published,these men will already be priests
You can read the entire Courageous Priest article here

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lay Fast For Priests October 22, 2011

The Sixth annual, worldwide Lay Fast for Priests will take place on Saturday, 22 October 2011. Every lay member of the Body of Christ is invited to join the global fasters from all corners of the Universal Church who want to lift up our priests to Almighty God for their protection, divine substenance and fidelity to the ministry of Holy Orders.

Fasters can sign on here.

A big mahalo to Ed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2nd Anniversary of St. Damien’s Canonization, October 11, 2011

Bishop Silva will celebrate the 12 Noon Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, downtown Honolulu on Tuesday, October 11th to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Damien. All the Faithful are encouraged to attend.

Source Diocese of Honolulu

A Loving Tribute to Father "Pete" Peterson

Fr. Pete A Pictoral Remembrance from Hawaii Catholic Television on Vimeo.

Video source LARC Vocation Committee

Mahalo Easter for the blog link.

Hawaii’s international clergy

More and more of the Islands’ parish priests are coming here from other countries

Read the article in the Hawaii Catholic Herald here

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Come and See, Vocations Day of Reflections

Jesus says,
"Come and See."

John 1:39

Saturday, October 8, 2011
9am to 3pm
Newman Center
RSVP: (808)366-7075

A time of prayer and personal reflection
Talks on vocational discernment and religious life
A chance to meet religious sisters, priests, and brothers from different congregations
An opportunity to deepen your understanding of where God is calling you to serve Him

This event is sponsored by
LARC (Leadership Association of Religious Congregations in Hawaii) Vocation Committee.

Check out their blog here.
Photo above found in this blog.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spiritual Moms or Helpers Offering and Invocation for Priests

My God and Father, in response to the word of your Son on the Mount of Olives, "Watch and pray with me," we ask you to accept us as special helpers for your priests, on behalf of whom, we offer you each Thursday as a sacrifice of love.

With a fervent desire of being such a helper of priests, I, __________________. offer you, Father, in complete confidence, each Thursday, as a sacrifice of love on behalf of all priests. Take t his sacrifice of my poor love and transform it in your Heart into the wine for the Chalice of Strength. Then Father, send your angels out with this chalice to all priests! Amen.

Source:  Chalice of Strength: Prayers for Priests

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In Adoration, a repost

Coming before Christ in adoration is a powerful way of praying for our priests. It matters not if we are able to see those fruits or not; in faith, we know that prayers are powerful in bringing our intentions to God. Our Lord himself called our priests to be his representatives, why would he not hear prayers offered for them?

Red roses on the front left situated beside the altar
where the Monstrance sits, was my inspiration

Adoration is a great way of praying for our priests.
Any type of prayer will do, even a poem such as this...

In Adoration
By Easter Almuena

Wine-colored contours
In graceful stand
Elegant and poised
Yet soft and dainty

Bordered by flowerets
Looking like angels
Lime blades akin to guards
Held by vintage vase

All in pursuit
Of the Beloved’s gaze
In the quiet of a corner
While adoring

I sit in the same nook
To get a glimpse
Of the peaceful Bread
With its life beating in me

Red roses with entourage
Their beauty their prayer
And mine this poem
For Jesus in adoration


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Esther Gefroh and Easter Almuena formed the Spiritual Mothers Apostolate in our diocese in February 2008. Approved by Bishop Larry Silva, we are a group of women devoted to praying for the priests and seminarians of our diocese.

For Catholic women belonging to our diocese and desiring to spiritually adopt a priest or seminarian, please contact Esther Gefroh at

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

We need them in life's early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek them when tasting life's woes.
At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness;
Their dignity stands all alone;
And when we are tempted and wander,
To pathways of shame and of sin,
It's the hand of a priest that will absolve us--
Not once, but again and again.
And when we are taking life's partner,
Other hands may prepare us a feast,
But the hand that will bless and unite us--
Is the beautiful hand of a priest.
God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress;
When can a poor sinner do better,
Than to ask Him to guide thee and bless?
When the hour of death comes upon us,
May our courage and strength be increased,
By seeing raised over us in blessing--
The beautiful hands of a priest.

Author Unknown

Source: Padre Steve

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We Are Catholic

Beautiful video! Makes one proud to be Catholic! Mahalo to the Anchoress