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'Year for Priests' website highlights international celebration

National Catholic News

June 19, 2009

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Bishops? Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has set up a web site to mark the Year for Priests, to be celebrated June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010, throughout the world.

Pope Benedict XVI has designated the year-long celebration to begin on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a day of prayer for the sanctification of all priests. The pope also has designated St. John Vianney as the Universal Patron of All Priests on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the saint?s death. The saint, who also is known as the Cure of Ars, is the patron of parish priests.

The Year for Priests website can be found at

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