Another Prayer Request

A reader writes:

Could you please ask your readers to pray for a priest of my acquaintance? He has just been assigned as administrator of a parish in a rural area that has several mission stations, the two furthest of which are over 150 miles (in different directions) from the parish church. The priest is young, not yet 30 years old, so he certainly has the health and energy for such a task, but it will still be a very challenging and potentially lonely assignment.

Father, hear our prayer for your son and servant that he would find plentiful support from your Spirit as he furthers your work in the Vineyard. Reward his fidelity to you richly with the treasures of the Spirit and make his work fruitful for everyone his life touches. Mother Mary and St. Jean Vianney, pray for him. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!

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  • Clare Krishan

    Praying in PA – on a visit to Iceland I got a sense of how far some Catholics are flung – the bishops’s confering the sacrament of confirmation was a sort of round robin pilgrimage all along the coast and back!
    – here’s some ‘cool’ encouragement (forgive the pun, the mission territory in the Youtube clip is in chilly Greenland, but warm hearts abound, so non abbiata paura! )

  • Sharon

    I know that there is a priest shortage but putting a priest not yet 30 in charge of a parish plus two mission parishes is, I think, a disaster waiting to happen. The most important thing to nurture is this young man’s vocation and his deepening understanding of his priesthood; thrown in the deep end like this will put great strain on both his physical and spiritual capabilities. Surely there are mature religious order priests who could administer parishes.

    • Prayer Requester

      There are actually three missions and a chapel, plus one additional chapel during the summer months. I only mentioned the two that were furthest apart.

      I do agree that this is an unusual assignment for such a young priest. I don’t know what the situation is like in the diocese, and can only assume that the bishop has his reasons. I’ve lived in four dioceses in the last eight years, and I’ve come to realize that every diocese has two or three really tough assignments, and pretty much all the priests have to take their turn at the oars for a couple of years. Although it will be difficult for him, I know that the congregations at the parish and its missions will really appreciate his hard work.

  • Xpat

    On Heather King’s site (via Anchoress) I found out they actually made a movie of Diary of a Country Priest, and the movie is scrupulously faithful to the novel:

    I don’t know whether to encourage or discourage viewing it in the context of this post, as it’s a real tear jerker, but I think it’s all about grace operating powerfully in very unlikely assignments.

    It is one of the better, possibly one of the best, religious movies I’ve ever seen.