Msgr. Stephen Rossetti has written a new article in The Priest magazine. It is summarized as follows:
Young priests may leave the priesthood for a variety of reasons, but to help the newly ordained find their way, support systems from other clergy can be helpful. Msgr. Rossetti identifies seven articles that can help young priests, and benefit older ones as well.
Msgr. Rossetti’s list (abbreviated for brevity and available in its entirety by clicking here) includes:
- Private prayer
- Attendance at gatherings
- Support groups
- Developing relationship skills
- Establishing a separate personal space
- Outpatient psychotherapy
There is a strong need to act quickly when priests are feeling burned out, and to apply ministerial adjustments or healing resources as needed. Action needs to be taken before the priest goes to declare his intent to leave the priesthood. Mentorship between older priests and the newly ordained could be crucial in guiding new priests through difficult years.
While priests are generally happy and satisfied in their work, sometimes extra support is needed. This support is useful not just to new priests, but to all who share the vocation.
For the full article in The Priest magazine, click here.