Welcome to the Fraternity of Priests

Our Mission

The purpose of the Fraternity of Priests is to give priests the vision, the ongoing formation and the support to respond with enthusiasm to the fullness of the priesthood.   The Fraternity of Priests exists precisely to evangelize, form and train priests to effectively respond to what God is doing today through His Holy Spirit.

The Fraternity of Priests provides strong support for priests, both in their personal lives and for their ministries. What the priest receives in Fraternity, he is prepared to give to God’s people

Save the Date! 

Annual Fraternity of Priests Conference

August 9-14, 2020
Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, Ohio
(located just outside Cleveland, Ohio)
More information will be available soon.

2019 Fraternity Board

From Left to Right: Frs. John Kiley, Tom Sparacino, Dwight Merrick, Volney DeRosia, Robert Carr, Greg Paffel.  (Not pictured: Ray Ratzenberger)

In June of 2019, the Fraternity of Priests Conference was held in conjunction with the Priest, Deacon, Seminarian Retreat at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The theme for the Conference/Retreat was “Unbound,” led by Neal, Janet and Matt Lozano, and MCed by the new president of Franciscan University, Fr. Dave Pivonka. As usual, the Fraternity of Priests held it’s business meeting, including elections for new members of the Board of Directors. The new Board (pictured above) is looking forward to serving the Fraternity throughout the world.

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Prayer For Priests

O Almighty Eternal God our Father, look upon the face of your Son,
and for love of Him Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on your priests.
Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail Human beings.
Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands.
Keep them ever close to You, lest the enemy prevail against them,
so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, our Eternal High Priest, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your priests laboring at home, or abroad in distant mission fields;
for your tempted priests; for your young priests;
for your dying priests; and for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.

But above all, I commend to You the priest dearest to me;
the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolve me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assist;
the priests who give me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me about You and Your Holy Scriptures;
the priests who helped and encouraged me to accept You as my Lord and Savior;
and all the priests whom You sent to touch my life and those of my loved ones

By Richard Cardinal Cushing