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The Joy of Priesthood [Paperback]

By Stephen J. Rossetti (Author)
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In the last few years, the priesthood has been challenged by crisis and tension. Addressing this crisis, licensed psychologist and director of the Saint Luke Institute stresses that psychology can be effective in enriching the lives of priests, and the priesthood itself, if it works with a basis of spirituality. Rossetti invites priests to recognize the dignity of their calling through honest and psychologically based self-assessment-because happiness in the priesthood flows from both wholeness and holiness. Rossetti also highlights the need for systemic changes to coincide with personal conversions. He calls for a change in the culture of clerical life; emphasizes the need for greater accountability, openness and honesty on all levels; demands stronger relationships between bishops and priests; and suggests changes in seminary formation that will address the personal challenges faced by priests.

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Invites priests to recognize the dignity of their calling through honest and psychologically based self-assessment because happiness in the priesthood flows from both wholeness and holiness. The author stresses that psychology can be effective in improving the lives of priests, and the priesthood itself, if it works with a basis of spirituality.

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Studio: Ave Maria Press
Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Ave Maria Press
ISBN  159471066X  
ISBN13  9781594710667  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of scores of articles and several books including Why Priests are Happy, Born of the Eucharist, and The Joy of Priesthood recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award. Rossetti has been featured on NPR and Meet the Press, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers. Rossetti has received a Proclaim Award from the USCCB as well as a Lifetime Service Award from the Theological College of the Catholic University of America. In 2013, he was awarded the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership award from the National Catholic Educational Association. In 2010, he received the Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests Councils for a lifetime of work with priests. He lectures to priests and religious internationally on priestly spirituality and wellness issues and serves as president of Saint Luke Institute and clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America.

Stephen J. Rossetti was born in 1951.

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How do you value priestly ministry- above all in a society in which the consecrated vocation to God is often scorned or simply misunderstood by many? Father Stephen Rosseti- in a very simple way- expounds on the meaning and the beauty of a life dedicated to Christ and the Church in a pluralistic society. He highlights the essence of priestly life and shows that the priesthood has value not only for the one living it but also for the people the priest serves. Very recommendable for priests going through difficult moments.
Some truths about priesthood  May 3, 2006
Fr. Rosetti has spent much of his life working with troubled priests and religious. He has seen a wide array of personalities and behaviors and he brings that all to bear in this book. This book is addressed primarily to priests,b ut I think it is useful for anyone that wants an idea of some of the struggles priests face in their daily lives. Fr. Rosetti does three things, he points out challenges in the current cultural climate that need to be addressed, he points out areas of a priests' personal life that need to be addressed, but most importantly he speaks of the joy and gratitude with which the priestly life must be lived.

As a seminarian I've found this book to be a worthwhile read. I'm just starting out on the path now, and so its useful to have such a book of things to consider and ways to strengthen my identity before trouble even peeks over the horizon.
Frank and Timely Advice For Priests By a Priest  Mar 30, 2006
When I first saw the title THE JOY OF PRIESTHOOD and learned of its author, I figured that if he of all people can be optimistic about the priesthood, everyone ought to be. Fr. Rossetti's most recent ministry has been working with troubled priests at a time when the woes of the priesthood have become front page news. Instead of another book about what ails priesthood, he speaks of great optimism of what the priesthood ought to be while knowing full well that for a number of reasons, the priesthood is not being lived that way.

Fr. Rossetti offers sound advice for the priesthood. He avoids calling for sweeping changes in celibacy, restricting priesthood to men, or changes in the vision of priesthood. Since this is primarily a book by a priest for priests in ministry today, a call for such changes would take away from what Fr. Rossetti is attempting to do.
Rather, he looks at the state of priesthood today as a starting point, looks at Church documents and teachings as a guide, and offers suggestions as to how priesthood can be better lived. Readers will not be surprised he advocates a strong prayer life, healthy relationships and habits, a self-giving attitude, and a strong love of the Sacraments as essential for all priests. Any book on priesthood that did not espouse these basics should have no credibility. Yet this book is not a reworking of other books on the priesthood. Fr. Rossetti discusses behaviors he sees as unhealthy and detrimental to a priestly vocation (given his ministry, he should know this all too well). He makes a case for the role of masculinity in priesthood and embracing the male dimension of priestly life. He also does not accept mediocrity from a professional point of view nor does he accept excuses of poor choices and bad decisions made by those in authority as a reason for poor job performance. Some may have differing points of view on some of Fr. Rossetti's points, but what he has to say will start conversations and lead readers to see ways in which priesthood can be better lived.

While the material in the book is good and thought provoking, I did have some difficulties with structure. Fr. Rossetti offers his own reflections throughout much of the book, and he does so in an engaging manner. This is the chief strength of the book. Where it becomes somewhat vague is in his use of surveys and scientific materials. For example he states that he believes celibacy is a healthy choice and contends that "many" psychologists agree with him. I don't disagree with him in theory, but knowing "who" would be helpful, especially in a climate where Richard Sipe and Eugene Kennedy, neither of whom endorse celibacy and both of whom were in ministry, are quoted often in the media as being experts. He also refers to a survey he conducted. We get a summary of the information, but we never see the results of the actual survey even in an appendix. I don't see these concerns as major problems, and they are certainly not reasons to avoid the book. On the contrary. Maybe an analysis of solid, statistical information, compiled by a qualified professional who is in active and productive ministry who has the ability to write in a competent manner could be helpful, perhaps even a good project for a future book by Fr. Stephen Rossetti.

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