Prayers for Priests is an important apostolate. It is founded by Charlotte Williams from Arizona.
Some years ago, Char had compiled a very small booklet of prayers, which included the Rosary for Priests (before the Luminous Mysteries were given to us). Shortly after the booklet was printed, there were priests in her diocese who experienced problems. For Char this pointed to the need for more prayers. The book was revised and the updated version contained 106 pages of prayers. The book is available at: http://radiofamilyrosary.com/radiofamilyrosary.html
About the same time, a website was created to include all the prayers from the book plus a few additional ones.
Through this website, www.prayersforpriests.com, prayers are offered for individual priests, be they in need of special support, such as in sickness, persecution or personal struggles or simply in thanksgiving for and celebration of their holy ministry. Prayers are also offered for the repose of the souls of priests who have died.
Anyone who wishes may sign up to become a “Prayer Warrior for Priests”. Prayer Warriors are emailed a weekly list from Char Williams’ site. Her site lists priests (bishops, cardinals and the Holy Father are also regularly included) deacons, seminarians and religious who have requested prayers or whose parishioners or friends have asked for prayers on their behalf.
All are welcome to submit names. First names and country/state of residence are all that is required (e.g. Father Paul from England). Each name remains on the list for four weeks unless a longer period is requested.
Char says: “We have people on our email list of Prayer Warriors for Priests from all over the world. It is really great hearing from them and listing the priests, brothers, deacons and religious for prayers. We also have a ‘prayersforpriests’ group at Yahoo.”
It is good to pray for those in the priesthood and religious life in general, but there is something beautiful and powerful about holding up an individual to the Lord for focused prayer.
You may also be interested in the following websites with which Char is involved:
Your help in this apostolate would be greatly appreciated. You can provide this in any or all of the following ways:
- Pray for Char and the expansion of this apostolate and spread the word;
- Sign up to become a prayer warrior for priests;
- Submit the names of priests for whom you would like special prayer support;
- Pray daily for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and for our cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians and religious.
St. Faustina’s Prayer for Priests
“O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of Priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord. Lord, give us holy Priests; You yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the soul of Priests.
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of Priests, for You can do all things.”
St. Faustina’s Diary #1052