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Vocations Guide to Priesthood

Is the name adopted by about 40 women from the diocese of Incheon in South Korea for their little group which meets regularly to pray for their sons who are priests in this diocese.

These mothers attend retreats and pray regularly for the welfare of their priestly sons and use the occasion to share any concerns and worries they may have with other mothers. One member said “Since priests have been taken from families and ordained for pastoral service, all of us have a duty to pray for them”

We particularly need to care for all priests in these difficult times because a survey carried out recently in South Korea concluded that “priests get drained physically and spiritually in the anonymity of today's ecclesial supermarkets”. Some laypeople said that when priests get trapped between cynical laity and unsympathetic superiors, commitment wanes into careerism.

Several priests stated that loneliness and lack of appreciation by both laity and bishops are key concerns needing attention.

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