"Let us not grow weary in well-doing,
for in due time we will reap a harvest,
if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone,
and especially to the family of faith."
--- Galatians 6:9-10
are Catholic laity who love Jesus Christ, and desire to support His Priesthood. We are faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. We don't think it is wise to do things in a vacuum, so we have a Priest spiritual director, Very Reverend Herbert Burke, V. F., who reviews and approves the content of our site prior to publication. We celebrated our 11th anniversary on the Feast of the Archangels, 2018.
Pray4Priests apostolate was conceived in 2004 shortly after our founder
followed the leading of Jesus, the Great High Priest, and converted to
the Catholic Faith. As part of her conversion, the Lord placed on her heart a
desire to intercede for Priests, and to pray for seminarians discerning
God’s call to the ministerial Priesthood — that all would sacrificially
love Jesus and His people, and strive for holiness as Christ’s disciples. She was not sure how
to proceed, so she began to pray on her own and make small acts of practical encouragement for seminarians and Priests.
love grows in ever widening circles, the more our founder prayed for
the Priesthood, the more she wanted others to also have the opportunity
to experience the same joy she had in prayerfully supporting Priests and seminarians
(the more the merrier!). Pray4Priests was "born" as an individual apostolate when our domain name
was registered on September 29, 2007, the Feast of the Archangels.
Our programs have developed after discerning certain needs, and they have been prayerfully designed to make it easy for anyone to participate in supporting Christ's Priesthood.
P4P (Pray4Priests) Prayer Groups were started in order to meet two needs:
give busy people, especially working professionals, an opportunity to
participate in a prayer apostolate for Priests, who might otherwise not be able to participate because of time constraints (as many prayer groups for priests are about an hour in length), and to
provide prayer coverage and support specifically for Pastors, the local
Adopt-a-Seminarian effort began as an individual apostolate. It was
then expanded into a program that allowed many to participate, and the "adoption kits" were designed to make it easier for parents to engage youth and children in the support effort. The
initiative was first launched in its expanded form at St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church in the 2013 school year, and was sponsored
by the parish Vocation Commission for the next 5 years.
year dozens of parish families signed up for the free program which matched seminarians and laity for the purpose of covering
seminarians with prayer and a little practical encouragement or support, and giving laity an
opportunity to get to know a man who might one day turn out to be
2018, the Adopt-a-Seminarian program expanded further and was made
available to anyone at any parish in the diocese of Charlotte. This program can easily be adapted for other dioceses.