Picturing the perfect priest

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Our readers have some strong ideas about how to build a better clergy--from training to ordination requirements to personal traits that make a priest great.

All you priests, seminarians, and those consid-ering the ordained life out there may want to sit down, put your feet up, and take a deep breath before you read any further. The results of our special survey, "What do you want in a priest?" are in. More than 800 readers and other Catholics weighed in with their opinions, and many of their wish lists make the Easter Vigil look short in comparison.


Bring back men in black

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Religious clothing allows Catholics to make a fashion statement about their faith, says a young priest who sports the look that a previous generation put away.

One size pastor doesn't fit all parishes

By Jennifer Willems| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Multiple parish pastoring became an issue in the United States in the late 1980s and early 90s as the number of priests started to decline, according to Mark Mogilka, who was the director of stewardship and pastoral services for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin for 16 years.

"Some bishops proclaimed, ‘We will never close a parish,’ but that forces your hand," he explains. "You have to increase the number of multiple parish pastoring situations."


One size pastor doesn't fit all parishes

By Jennifer Willems| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life

Multiple parish pastoring became an issue in the United States in the late 1980s and early 90s as the number of priests started to decline, according to Mark Mogilka, who was the director of stewardship and pastoral services for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin for 16 years.

"Some bishops proclaimed, ‘We will never close a parish,’ but that forces your hand," he explains. "You have to increase the number of multiple parish pastoring situations."


Roamin' Collar: Multi-parish priests

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Pastors across the country serve two, three, and even seven parishes. With innovation and flexibility, parishes are learning as they go.

Roamin' Collar: Multi-parish priests

By Jennifer Willems| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Pastors across the country serve two, three, and even seven parishes. With innovation and flexibility, parishes are learning as they go.

Our Lady of Waste Management: Resources for going green

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Looking to apply your faith to care for creation? Here are some resources for doing so:

From the church:


Seniors need some class: Let's have religious ed for our church elders

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Jesus taught adults, so why are parishes so focused on educating young children when the older members could really use the lessons? 

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Seniors need some class: Let's have religious ed for our church elders

By John J. Donovan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Seniors
Jesus taught adults, so why are parishes so focused on educating young children when the older members could really use the lessons? 

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Priestly people skills

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Many consider fervent “JPII priests” a clear byproduct of today’s seminaries—which leads them to wonder what kind of social training seminarians receive.

For all their enthusiasm and idealism, newly ordained priests can forget that most of their parishioners are older and wiser—at least in terms of life experience. “It’s a little off-putting,” says Father Donald Cozzens, 70. The reaction, he says, is often: “You’re acting like a little prince. We respect you, Father, but the Holy Spirit is loose in the world, and the Holy Spirit isn’t just working through the ordained.”


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