"The ongoing formation of a presbyterate aims to forge
a collective sense of study and prayer among the priests
of the presbyterate for the sake of their service to the people of
God entrusted to their care. The ongoing formation of a
presbyterate's unity cultivates the bonds of fraternal
connection, support and challenge...[It] makes the very
presbyterate a more transparent sacramental sign."
The Basic Plan for the Ongoing
Formation of Priests (USCCB, 2001, 94)
Saint Meinrad's Institute for Priests and Presbyterates offers
dioceses several do-it-yourself models for strengthening
presbyteral unity, designed by IPP founding director Fr.
Ronald Knott, the author of Intentional Presbyterates:
Claiming Our Common Sense of Purpose.
Prayers for the Presbyterate
A Priest's Prayer for His Presbyterate
Oración del Sacerdote por su Presbiterio (Spanish
Song for Presbyeral Gatherings
"Lord and Teacher You Have Called Us" is a hymn created for use
in presbyteral retreats and assemblies. Commissioned by Fr. J.
Ronald Knott, founding director of the Institute for Priests and
Presbyterates, the lyrics were written by Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB,
using sentiments from Church documents.
The song can be sung to any of several familiar hymn tunes. It
can be used freely under Creative Common
Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States
Lyrics and Melody [pdf]
Consultation from the Institute for Priests and
To discuss implementing these models in your
diocese, contact the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
at (800) 357-8477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.