"Priestly spirituality requires a climate of proximity to the Lord Jesus Christ, of friendship and personal encounter with Him, of 'shared' ministerial mission, of love for and service to, His Person in the 'person' of His Body and Spouse which is the Church. To live the Church and give oneself to her ministerial service implies a profound love for the Lord Jesus Christ." — Priest, Pastor And Leader Of The Parish Community

Encyclicals & Apostolic Exhortations

Pastores Dabo vobis (I Will Give You Shepherds)
by John Paul II

Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (The Celibacy of the Priest) by Paul VI

Sacerdoti Nostri Primordia (On St. John Vianney)
by John XXIII

Menti Nostrae (On the Development of Holiness in Priestly LIfe) by Piux XII

Ad Catholici Sacerdoti (On the Catholic Priesthood) by Piux XI

Humani Generis Redemptionem (On Preaching the Word of God) by Benedict XV

Haerent Animo (To the Catholic Clergy on Priestly Sanctity) by Pius X

Amantissimi Redemptoris (On Priests and the Care of Souls) by Pius IX

A Quo Die (On Candidates to the Priesthood)
by Clement XIII

List of other documents available in the Catholic Culture Library

�All in the Church, whether they belong to the hierarchy or cared for by it, are called to holiness, according to the Apostle's saying: 'For this is the will of God, your sanctification (1 Thes 4,3; cf. Eph 1,3).'"

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