The Priesthood: A Conduit of Divine Grace & Healing
"St. Bernard tells us that everything has come to us through Mary; and we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest -- always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest."
Saint John Vianney
Patron of Priests
Under the auspices of the Bishop, the Office of Clergy Support serves a key role in supporting the priests of the Diocese of Fall River. By "serving those who serve," the Office of Clergy Support promotes the health, happiness, and holiness of those men who have given their lives in service to the Church and God's people.
We invite you to prayerfully consider getting involved in the important work of supporting our priests in the Diocese of Fall River! In the words of Saint John Vianney, "we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts." As a community of believers, let us support our priests, our fathers in the order of grace, who labor each day that we might have access, especially through the Sacraments, to the saving mysteries of our faith.
Upcoming Prayer Intentions
We invite you to prayerfully consider making the commitment to pray for one priest of the Diocese of Fall River each day. Click the button below to see the daily priest intention. A list of suggested prayers can be found here. Thank you!
St. Leonard of Port Maurice
What tongue, human or angelic, may ever describe a power so immeasurable as that exercised by the simplest priest in Mass? Who could ever have imagined that the voice of man, which by nature hath not the power even to raise a straw from the ground, should obtain through grace a power so stupendous as to bring from Heaven to earth the Son of God?
St. John Vianney
The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Bernardine of Sienna
The power of the priest, is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world.
St. Jean Eudes
The worthy priest... is the living image of Christ in this world, of Christ watching, praying, preaching, catechizing, working, weeping, going from town to town, from village to village, suffering, agonizing, sacrificing Himself and dying for the souls created to His image and likeness.