Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (and our former Vicar General in Salford) has given a very heart warming and encouraging message to priests of the recently formed Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.
In his address he said 'In parishes I visit week after week I always try to ask that we open our hearts again to the gift of the priesthood and speak of the need to love an recognise wh at the priesthood truly is.'
Unfortunately I was not able to attend this Conference given by Bishop Davies, but there have been many good reports given by others in the blog sphere. Father Tim Finniagan has one at http://the-hermeneutic-of-continuity.blogspot.com/ and Father Ray Blake from St Mary Magdalene in Brighton has another at http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/
Thank God for the witness of Bishop Davies both to the CAtholic Priesthood and the Catholic Faith. As part of a renewal programme for the priesthood in his diocese the relic of the heart of St John Vianney is brought for veneration in July 2012. A full programme of events will be made available nearer the time.