As regular readers will be aware, I've been compiling a list of priests who have said the Traditional Latin Mass in Australia at one time or another, or supported our communities in various ways, with a view to contributing to the Year of the Priest.
Remembering and praying for our priests seems to me like a good way of thanking our priests for their past service, sustaining them in their future service, and helping to remember our history!
The list is looking pretty impressive, but I do know there are still quite a few names missing. So help fill in the blanks folks!
In the case of those priests for whom I have ordination dates, I'll put their names up in the sidebar at the right for the month, so as to urge you to especially keep them in mind during that period. I'll also try and put up a prompt on the anniversary of their ordination. So please, look at the list, and find out the missing dates (and names) for me!
Prayer for priests
But I'd also like to invite everyone who reads this blog to print out the list - either the whole thing, or perhaps just for your State or diocese, and offer a prayer for them, particularly over this next week, what would once would have been the Octave of the Sacred Heart!
Here is a prayer by St Therese of Lisieux that you might find suitable:
O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world's contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and
everlasting crown. Amen.
Maybe after the initial launch of the Year, we could also take particular intentions for each month, such as for vocations, for priests who have left the ministry, and so forth? Suggestions welcome...
Cardinal George Pell – 21 May 1987
Fr Lawrence Gresser FSSP - 4 March 2000
Fr James McCarthy - 30 April 2009
Fr Andrew Benton - 30 April 2009
Father Terence Mary Naughtin OFM Conv -  May 1988
Fr Duncan Wong FSSP – 7 June?
Fr Kevin Muldoon
Fr Anthony Robbie
Bishop Kevin Manning of Parramatta - 10 July 1991
Fr Marko Rehak FSSP - 22 November 2008
Fr John O'Neill
Fr Terance Hogan
Fr William Define FSSP
Fr John Stork
Fr Kim Holland - 25 September 1992
Fr William Alliprandi
Bp Geoffrey Jarrett - 22 February 2001
Archbishop Denis Hart – 9 December 1997
Bishop Peter Elliot – 15 June 2007
Fr Nicholas Dillon - 27 June 2003
Fr William Grogan - 22 June 1979
Fr Glen Tattersall - 23 June 2001
Fr Donald Lourensz -26 June 1987
Fr John McDaniels - 29 June 2002
Fr Leo Lane - 27 July 1948
Fr Paschal M Corby OFM Conv– 17 November 2007
Fr Mark Spora
Fr Peter-John Nievandt - 1 July 2005
Fr Chris Reay - 19 August 1978
Fr Leo Hynes - 28 June 1975
Fr Bernard McGrath - 17 August 1984
Archbishop Philip Wilson – 10 July 1996
Father Michael McCaffrey FSSP - 24 June 2006
Fr David Thoroughgood - 20 March 1982
Fr Mannes Tellis OP - 20 December 2008
Fr Christopher Dowd OP – 30 July 1988
Archbishop Barry Hickey - 1 May 1984
Father Martin Roestenburg O Praem - 13 April 1991
Father Timothy Deeter - 8 May 1981
Father Patrick Holmes - 27 May 1961
Father Michael Rowe - 21 May 1994
Father Georges Maurel - 29 June 1979
Father Jim Shelton - 30 June 2000
Father Brian Limbourne - 29th September 1989
Archbishop Mark Coleridge – 19 June 2002
Bishop Patrick Power – 18 April 1986
Bishop Aloysius Morgan (obit 21 May)
Fr John Parsons - 3 April 1982
Fr Ken Webb FSSP - 22 May 2004
Msgr John Kelly (obit 5 August)
Fr John Fongemie FSSP - 23rd June 2001
Fr Dominic Popplewell FSSP - 22 Nov 2008
Fr Paul McGavin
Fr Gerald Quinn CP - 21 July, 1962
Fr Martin Durham - Rockhampton
Fr Gregory Jordan SJ – Brisbane
Fr Mark Withoos
Fr Joseph Kramer FSSP