Father Tony shares that although priests aren’t trained in administration, a good part of their work is just that, and it is time consuming and often very draining. Priests need periods of relaxation.
The NFPC National Convocation for all priests is designed for prayer, learning, conversation with brother priests from across the U.S., and relaxation. With the theme, Forging the Future with Pope Francis, speakers will discuss Priestly Ministry, Immigration, and connecting with Millennials, with the emphasis from Pope Francis on getting out from behind your desk and going to be with the people, ‘among the sheep.’
John asks Father Tony for his input on how to support your parish priest’s vocation, and Father Tony says one way is to encourage him to take his day off each week, and to also take time away from the parish for vacation or to spend with brother priests; give him permission to go. Reassure him you can handle whatever comes up until he comes back.
In assisting multi-parish pastors, Father Tony encourages parishioners to understand they are all part of the bigger community, using the example of each parish being like individual children with gifts and talents, but all part of one family.
Inspired by the Spirit, John asks if it might be a good idea for parishioners to actually do a small fund raiser to provide their priests with the funds to attend the National Convocation of Priests. Father Tony says, Absolutely!