“Faithfulness of Christ, faithfulness of priests” is the theme of the Year for Priests announced on 16 March 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI . The Pope inaugurated the Year on June 19, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, presiding at Vespers in St Peter’s Basilica where the relics of the saintly ‘Cure of Ars’ were brought for the occasion by Bishop Guy Bagnard of Belley-Ars, France. He closed the year on 19 June 2010, at a “World Meeting of Priests” in St Peter’s Square.
During the course of the Year, Benedict XVI proclaimed St Jean Marie Vianney as patron saint of all the priests of the world. A “Directory for Confessors and Spiritual Directors” was published, as well as a collection of texts by the Supreme Pontiff on essential aspects of the life and mission of priests in our time.
The Congregation for the Clergy, together with diocesan ordinaries and superiors of religious institutes, undertook to promote and coordinate the various spiritual and pastoral initiatives which were organised to highlight the role and mission of the clergy in the Church and in modern society, and the need to intensify the permanent formation of priests, associating it with that of seminarians.
Letter to Clergy for the Year for Priests — Benedict XVI
Letter on the Occasion of the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests — Congregation for the Clergy
A special indulgence has been granted by the Apostolic Penitentiary for those who attend Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church during this year.
In the KK archdiocese:
16 Sept 2009 – priestly ordination of Deacon Rayner Bisius
21 Sept 2009 – priestly ordination of Deacon Isidore Gilbert Gondilou
04 Aug 2010 – priestly ordinations of Deacons Sunny Chung, Mattheus Augustine Luta & Wiandigool
01 Oct 2010 – Episcopal ordination of Fr John Wong