Patrons

Our Lady Queen of Apostles Primary Patron of St. Michael’s Apostolate of Prayer for Priests is Our Lady Queen of Apostles who, four hundred years ago as Our Lady of Good Success, gave the following message for today to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Quito. In order to restore the spirit of her priests she requested the following: “Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of my Son to take pity on His ministers and to end as soon as possible these unhappy times...”

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St. Therese of Lisieux (Secondary Patron)

Following a pilgrimage she made to Rome with her father and her sister Celine,Therese described an experience she had in relation to priests thus: Having never lived close to them (priests), I was not able to understand the principal aim of the Reform of Carmel. To pray for sinners attracted me, but to pray for the souls of priests whom I believed to be as pure as crystal seemed puzzling to me! I understood my vocation in Italy and that’s not going too far in search of such useful knowledge. I lived in the company of many saintly priests for a month and I learned that, though their dignity raises them above the angels, they are nevertheless weak and fragile men. If holy priests, whom Jesus in His Gospel calls the “salt of the earth,” show in their conduct their extreme need for prayers, what is to be said of those who are tepid? Didn’t Jesus say too: “If the salt loses its savour, wherewith will it be salted?” (Matthew 5:13) How beautiful, is the vocation, O Mother, which has as its aim the preservation of the salt destined for souls! This is Carmel’s vocation since the sole purpose of our prayers and sacrifices is to be the apostle of the apostles. We are to pray for them while they are preaching to souls through their words and especially their example.”

Prior to her profession, Therese was asked why she entered Carmel. She replied: “I came to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” - STORY OF A SOUL



The Servant of God – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (Secondary Patron)

Referring to Isaiah, Bishop Fulton Sheen reminds priests they are watchmen “who have been put on the walls of the Church by the High priest..What we are,” he says, “the Church is, and what the Church is, the world is.” Because of this, Bishop Sheen lets priests know that many trials will arise for them, and advises:

“When trials arise, we must beg the faithful to fight with us through their prayers. A measure of the value we set on prayer is the insistence with which we ask the flock entrusted to our care to pray for us. St. Paul in prison wrote to the Phillipians that he will have no further worry over his soul’s health if he has them ‘to pray for me, and Jesus Christ to supply my needs with his Spirit.’ (Phillipians 1:19). He knew he could not work without the intercession of converts. He valued Lydia’s prayers and those of her household; he valued the jailer’s prayers; he desired the prayers of Eurodias, Syntyche and Clement; and to the Ephesians he wrote: Pray for me too, that I be given words to speak my mind boldly, in making known the Gospel Revelation, for which I am an ambassador in chains. (Eph. 6:19-20)

The priest may claim the prayers of his people, for through their prayers he receives from the Spirit whatever he needs...The priest can save souls without eloquence, but he cannot move them without prayer and the Holy Spirit.” - The Priest is Not His Own

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Pray for me that I be given

words to speak my mind

boldly,in making known the

Gospel Revelation for which I

am an ambassador in chains”

Eph 6:19-20