The Year for Priests Opens: Maximus Group Sees A Time for Rediscovering the Beauty and Importance of the Priesthood

Pope Benedict XVI will open the “Year for Priests” today, June 19 in St. Peter’s Basilica. “Faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of priests” is the theme for a year that ends on June 19, 2010 in St. Peter’s Square at a World Meeting of Priests. The year also marks the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, known as the “Cure of Ars.” According to the Vatican announcement, Pope Benedict stressed that priests need to be “present, identifiable and recognizable — for their judgment of faith, personal virtues and attire — in the fields of culture and of charity which have always been at the heart of the Church’s mission.” The Vatican’s intention for the “Year for Priests” is to rebuild strong priestly spiritual identities, noting that “priests are important not only for what they do, but also for who they are.”