World Day of Prayer for Priests

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 28, the Church marks the World Day of Prayer for Sanctification of Priests.

The day of prayer was begun by Saint Pope John Paul II in 2002.

As suggested in letters from the Congregation for Clergy and the Apostolic Nunciature to Canada about the World Day of Prayer, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has set a “Day of Recollection for Clergy” to be marked July 24 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon.

Letter from the Apostolic Nunciature to Canada

Circular Letter from the Congregation for Clergy


Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June was also for priests: Vatican website article

In the video, the Holy Father says:

would like to ask you to look at the priests who work in our communities.

They are not perfect, but many give it their all until the very end, offering themselves with humility and joy.

They are priests who are close to the people, ready to work hard for everyone.

Let us be thankful for their example and testimony.

Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.

Links to the Chrism Mass Homilies of Pope Francis: