Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Praise for Priests

On the Feast of St. John Vianney, I praise God for some wonderful priests who often go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the faithful and who follow in the good Saint's footsteps so well. These men have touched my life and the life of my family in many ways and I am so very grateful.

Thank you God, for Fr. Don Hying, Rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Monopoly player extraordinaire and extremely good sport, as well as dishwasher when he's invited for dinner. Not only does he give wonderful homilies and uplifting written reflections, he knows the importance of one on one discussions, of taking the time to give a personal touch to all that he does, and of lasting friendships that take him hours away to preside at the wedding of a former parishioner as well as halfway across the country to help a friend with a benefit for Haiti. Here is a man who doesn't know the meaning of the word "no" and always makes the time for the needs of others, no matter how busy he may be with his responsibilities at the Seminary.

Thank you God, for Fr. Joe Lubrano, SDS, a loyal and loving friend. Not only does he lead the Candidates and Novices in his Salvatorian Order, but he also fills in wherever needed at area churches for Mass. No task is too large or too small for him. An Easter Mass at the Detention Center for Boys that is attended by only one boy, or a Sunday morning Mass during ordinary time for a large urban parish are both equally important to him and he finds and gives joy wherever he serves. His homilies are like words from the angels that comfort weary souls and I am so blessed to know him.

Thank you God, for Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, Head of the National Apostleship for Prayer. Jesus said that "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest His head." Matthew 8:20 I would think that Fr. Kubicki is in good company with the Son of Man, as he is constantly on the go, traveling to give outstanding retreats to soothe the soul and to promote the Apostleship for Prayer. He is gentle and kindhearted, a truly wonderful man. You can listen to his retreat online at Creighton University, and also find him on the web at the Apostleship of Prayer as well as on his blog, Offer It Up.

Thank you God, for newly ordained priests who are dedicating their lives to You, especially for Fr. Matthew Widder who has been a priest for a little over two months. Fr. Matthew is dedicated to the Church and works with youth to ensure a lively future of active young Catholics and to promote and encourage vocations to the priesthood. He also gives sweet blessings for guinea pigs and plays a mean game of basketball, even in 90 degree heat and humidity!

And finally, thank you God for Fr. Dave Cooper and Fr. Dennis Witz, who rise early each day so that the members of our parish who wish to attend daily Mass can have that special time with the Lord each day. My life would be empty if I didn't have the opportunity to reflect upon the Word and to receive my Lord in Holy Communion each day. At a time when many go without daily Mass, I am blessed to continue to have it readily available.

Thank you God, for these kind, hard-working and dedicated priests who give their all for You and who love You with an everlasting love. Please guide and protect all men who are called to a life of service in Your name so that through them, all the world will know that You are Love. Amen.


  1. Thank you for the prayers today, Anne. I thank God for you and all the many lay people who have prayed for me and for other priests over the years. I am convinced that without that prayer support, I would not be a priest today. One of the joys you will have in heaven is seeing the role that those prayers played in my life and in the lives of other priests.

  2. what a lovely tribute, and indeed there are so so many priests to be thankful for, who go above and beyond in their vocation.

  3. I thought of you today Anne. I remembered your love for St. John Vianney.

    Thank you for reminding us to treasure and pray for our priests!

  4. Great post. I just finished listening to Father Kubicki's retreat. It was great!

  5. Thanks for this post, Anne. All year I have been praying for a priest name Joseph Hercek. I have no idea who he is. I just know I was given his name to pray for during the Year of the Priest. (Our diocese spread out priests' names among those who said that they would be willing to pray for them this year.) It was somewhat interesting and intriguing to pray for someone I did not know; however, God knows him, and that is all that counts. I rather liked the idea of all of our priests being prayed for daily all year long.

  6. Thank you all so much for your comments! It is so encouraging to know that the priests who influence my life, also influence the lives of people across the country, like you, Colleen, in Florida, who can listen to Fr. Kubicki online. It is also encouraging to hear that there are dioceses that encourage people to pray for specific priests, like you, Elizabeth. They all so desperately need prayer, whether they are wonderful or wayward. There is so much division in the church, but prayer is the great unifier, isn't it?

    Look for an upcoming post about a new link in my sidebar-Monthly Prayer Request for Priests.

  7. How blessed you are to have this abundant group of holy priests in your life Anne.
    It seems that each has touched your soul in a unique and special way. This is a beautiful tribute.

  8. Oh yes, you are definitely blessed! What a witness and prayer warrior you are:)