Seasoned priest shares insights about pastoring to a younger priest

The August 7 issue of Crisis magazine contains an essay by Father George Rutler, pastor of St. Michael’s Church in New York City titled “Advice to a Young Priest.”

Among the insights that Fr. Rutler shares and regrets “is the amount of time wasted in meetings.” He writes, “They should be avoided as much as possible.”

Referring to Scriptural reference of John 10:14, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me,” Father Rutler writes that it is good to cultivate the gift of remembering names. He goes on to say, “Wherever the parish is, big or small, it will have various identifiable personality types, and the good pastor will quickly identify them, remembering all the while that however attractive and helpful or dismaying and belligerent, Christ died for each of them, and the pastor will be accountable for each of them on the Day of Judgment.”

For the entire essay, click here.