Adopt-a-Priest Apostolate

The Serra Club of Boston has continued the Adopt-a-priest apostolate for the new year! This apostolate will begin on Priesthood Sunday 2013 (Oct 27) and will run until Priesthood Sunday 2014.

To request a priest for this year’s apostolate, please click the link below and fill in the necessary information. Thank you for your interest, and please consider asking others to support and affirm our priests!

How it Works

The goal of the Adopt-a-Priest Apostolate is to have each bishop and diocesan priest covered daily in prayer on an ongoing basis by an assigned layperson of the archdiocese. Members of the apostolate will receive a free booklet (shown at right) with the name and address of their priest and suggestions for prayer.

Families and prayer communities may also spiritually adopt a priest as a group. There is no cost associated with participation in this apostolate, but donations to offset printing and postage will be gratefully accepted.

Suggested Spiritual Practices

Anyone undertaking this spiritual adoption should consider daily prayer and sacrifice on behalf of their assigned clergy to be a serious commitment. Suggested spiritual practices include:

  • Mass
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Holy Hour
  • Rosary
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Fasting
  • Offering of sufferings
  • Any other activities one would be inspired to do

Resources on Spiritual Parenthood

The following links contain more information on “spiritual parenthood.”

In 2007 the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy encouraged this practice. You can read their letter in its entirety at this link:

Letter for the Sanctification of the Clergy

You can also read the actual booklet at the following link: Adoration, Reparation, Spiritual Motherhood for Priests

The Boston Pilot ran an article with details on this new apostolate, which can be found at: Boston Pilot: Serra Boston initiates Adopt-a-Priest Apostolate

Serra Boston is posting the ordination dates and birthdays (month and day only) of each diocesan priest in the hope that many individuals will remember and celebrate their priests throughout the year.

Archdiocese of Boston ordination dates and birthdays

Father Junipero Serra

Fr. Junipero Serra
by artist George Pollard