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Priest: Portraits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today and Striving to Serve Him Faithfully [Paperback]

By Michael S. Rose (Author)
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Unsung heroes of the priesthood today at the rectory just down the street! Attacks on the priesthood have grown unrelenting in recent years, as incidents of sexual misconduct reveal chronice, deeply-rooted flaws in seminaries, rectories, and chanceries across the country. Keen observers (among them some Catholics) foretell of the end of the priesthood and even perhaps of the dissolution of the Church itself. They're wrong. Christ Himself instituted the priesthood; with tender love, He watches over it. When sin brings down some priests, He causes grace to abound in others. Evidence for this may be as close as the rectory of your own parish; and it extends across our coutnry to church after church where, undeterred by scandal-filled headlines and anti-Catholic editorials, thousands of modest priests continue to serve their flocks faithfully, living quiet lives of love, prayer, and service. To remind us of this, author Michael S. Rose has gathered here the true stories of ten of these faithful priests. Some are yound, some old. They hail from different backgrounds and have different ministries; some work with the poor while others walk the corridors of power. Their talents vary as much as their temperaments. One trait they share in common: God's grace is working vigorously in each of their lives, sustaining in them a burning love for Christ and an unwavering fidelity to His church. These true stories of ten real priests show us that, contrary to media reports, priestly virtue courage, humility, sacrifice, and above all charity continues to flourish in rectories throughout America. Although its ranks have thinned, there still remains a thriving priesthood of faithful men who are worthy of our support and who deserve our gratitude. Read these stories, and let your faith be restored.

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Contrary to media reports, priestly virtue continues to flourish in rectories across America. Although its ranks have thinned, there still remains a thriving priesthood of faithful men who are worthy of our support and who deserve our gratitude.

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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Pages   187
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Sophia Institute Press
ISBN  1928832717  
ISBN13  9781928832713  

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More About Michael S. Rose

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael S. Rose is the author of the New York Times bestseller Goodbye, Good Men. Educated at Brown University and the University of Cincinnati, he has written five previous books and is the Web Editor of the New Oxford Review. Mr Rose's work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, The American Conservative, and Catholic World Report. He is married with five children.

Michael S. Rose currently resides in Cincinnati. Michael S. Rose was born in 1969.

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real men......  Feb 13, 2007
"Be not afraid"

"Witnesses to Hope."

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."

"The future starts today, not tomorrow."

"The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity."
Hope After the Scandals  Mar 30, 2006
This well-researched and thoughtful book is a real booster for people who were discouraged during scandals and the Long Lent of 2002.

Michael Rose presents the stories of ten men living their vocations -- replete with that great holiness of the everyday, and the trials that shadow such devotion. I'm familiar with one of the profiled priests, and while he is a wonderful priest, he's also a reminder that everyday sanctity is possible to everyone who is true to his or her calling, whether that vocation is a religious one or not.

Recommended book for Catholics -- or anyone else -- who needs a reminder that there are priests who live their vocations with humility and faithfulness.
An inspiring book  Sep 17, 2004
Rose writes an inspiring book, so much better than his "Goodbye, Good Men" about ten good priests today. The stories range from an army chaplain, a Russian missionary, and more. These priests are all good men, who are faithful and caring. These stories make one want to be a priest. A must read for all Catholics.
Hey, that is my pastor...  Jul 12, 2004
Fr. Timothy Vaverek, one of the priests mentioned in this book is the pastor at my church. He really is as great as they say he is, but he is a very humble guy. Not many people at our parish know how amazing he really is. A lot of the things mentioned about him are not common knowledge around St. Joseph's, like I said he is very humble. I learned a lot about him by reading this book.
A reminder that there are good priests are all around us.  May 11, 2004
They are there in every just about every community across the land. Most do not bring attention to themselves. They are 25, 40 or 70 years old. Typically they work 12-18 hour days and are always on call. And due to a combination of factors they have been asked to take on more responsibilities than ever before. They are educators, preachers, chaplains and pastors. They are Catholic priests and in his latest book Michael S. Rose introduces us to 10 of these good men.
With all of the infuriating and heart-breaking stories of sexual abuse by priests dominating the headlines these days, Michael Rose saw a need to step back, take a deep breath, and talk about the good that the overwhelming majority of our Catholic priests are doing on a daily basis. The other side of the story needs to be told! He portrays ten of these men and gives us insight on the daily lives of each of them. They hail from varied backgrounds and each brings a unique set of talents, abilities and insights to their ministries. Many serve in inner city parishes, schools, hospitals and prisons--wherever they are needed. Others serve in remote places overseas. Admittedly, a vocation to the priesthood in these troubled times is going to be challenging to say the least. One of the subjects of this book, Fr. Timothy Vaverek said it best when he observed that the priesthood is not for "the faint of heart". And Fr. John McCloskey, who spent many years as a chaplain at liberal Ivy League universities believes that priests are "the Navy Seals, the Army Rangers, the Green Berets of the Catholic Church." To a man, the 10 priests featured in this book believe that the key to solving many of the Church's problems is a return to orthodoxy by both the clergy and the laity.
If you are a young man discerning a vocation to the priesthood this is essential reading. Read about the lives these men lead and see if you might have what it takes to be a priest. You will see that what each of these men have in common is a commitment to prayer, hard work, generosity and sacrifice. Do you have the right stuff?

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