ADOPT A PRIEST PROGRAM
- for Women
If you have discerned a call to be a spiritual mother for priests, you can have an anonymous St. Louis priest assigned to you as a spiritual son. When you Sign Up online here, you can also specify the level of involvement you wish to have with our apostolate. If you cannot sign up online, you can contact us by email or phone. We will then notify you of the priest assigned to you, identified by a number. If, at any time in the future, you can no longer keep your personal commitment to pray and do penance for this priest, we ask that you inform us so we can reassign him.
This spiritual adoption program was launched on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, June 27th, 2014, for the glory of God and the sanctification of all priests.
"I imagine my special priest in his cassock kneeling before Our Blessed Sacrament
Q: I already pray for certain priests. If I adopt one here, how will that work?
A: God loves a generous soul! Do not hesitate out of concern about dividing your prayers among too many. When you add another priest to your prayer list, Our Lord will multiply your selfless offerings into abundant nourishment for all the priest souls He inspires you to care for, console, strengthen and protect. In union with Mary, Mother of Priests, we receive the grace to carry all priests in our hearts.
Q: What commitments are involved in adopting a local priest through this apostolate?
A: To adopt a priest through our apostolate, there are no required dues, meetings or specific prayers. Any woman with a heart to spiritually support priests should strive to live a life of virtue and simplicity, dedicated to the Lord and involving daily prayer, particularly Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Mass. We encourage frequent participation in the sacraments (Mass and Reconciliation). For our adopted priest sons, we offer up our daily works, joys, and sufferings as well as our prayers.
Any woman is welcome to join our weekly Holy Hour for Priests or to start a spiritual motherhood prayer group for priests in your parish or deanery. You are also invited to our annual prayer event in June on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart (date varies each year), as well as other occasional Mornings With Mary, Mother of Priests throughout the year, or retreats on spiritual maternity for priests. See Events.
Q: Why assign priests anonymously? Why not choose whom to adopt?
Q: I adopted a priest. Now what? / How should I pray for my priest son?
A: If we want holy priests, then we, too, must strive for holiness. Then as intercessors, we can offer every aspect of our day - our duties, prayers, trials, renunciations - in union with our priest sons. In our trials, we can turn our minds to the times that our adopted priest son, or any priest, might experience a similar hardship.
The most important ways to support our priests are to
We honor each woman’s unique gifts and primary vocation in life and hesitate to give too many criteria for living out your spiritual adoption of a priest. Therefore we simply encourage the following:
Unite your heart with Mary, the saints and all others who intercede for priests. We never pray alone.
Be devoted to your daily duties, learning how to offer all mundane tasks as a prayer, with joy and love for Jesus. Love and serve God in all your relationships, especially in your family.
Seek to grow in holiness and virtue by making use of regular sacramental confession, and by seeking wise counsel from trusted spiritual friends, confessors or spiritual directors.
Learn to offer emotional, physical and spiritual sufferings in union with Jesus crucified, for the spiritual life of others, especially priests.
Daily, say one special prayer of your choosing for your adopted priest and for all priests.