Clergy, seminarians reflect on priesthood at Year for Priests seminar
Published: October 8, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nearly 300 clergy and seminarians took time to reflect on the priest's role in contemporary society during a two-day symposium at The Catholic University of America in Washington marking Pope Benedict XVI's designated Year for Priests. "The Holy Father tells us that we participate in the work of redemption," said Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. "That is what a priest does. He brings the Eucharist into the midst of the community, but he also brings the sacramental ministry of the church into the midst of the believing community." In a homily during the Oct. 6-7 symposium's morning prayers, Archbishop Wuerl stressed that it was incumbent on priests that they use all potential resources "to make Christ visibly and effectively present in the community." The symposium on "Ministerial Priesthood in the Third Millennium: 'Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests'" was co-sponsored by Catholic University's School of Theology and Religious Studies and by Theological College, the national seminary of the school.
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