addition to his role of offering up the Sacrifice of the Mass and
administering the Sacraments, a priest is also called to guide
the faithful and accompany sacramental marriages spiritually in
our ever-changing world. In order to adequately fulfil this role
he needs occasionally to take some time to reconsider his vocation
in the light of the changing reality of modern day society.
The purpose of the Priest Encounter is to afford the participating
priests an opportunity to rediscover their true selves in order to
live out their vocation in a more fruitful way.
Priest Encounter differs from any other well-known retreats in that
participants can encounter themselves with the help of team priests
as well as committed Christian married couples, who share their lived
experiences, honestly expressing how much they count on the service
of priests in strengthening their marriage, how grateful they are
to their priests etc.
Team presentations are followed by periods of quiet
reflection and sharing about Bible passages and handout questions.
The two-day programme also includes Holy Mass
and prayers led by a Catholic priest or bishop.
It is an encouragement for priests to rediscover the beauty and
potentials of the gift of their vocation through reflecting and sharing
their discoveries with fellow priests. This encouragement greatly
contributes to personal growth as well as it confirms full commitment
to Christ and to the sacrament of Holy Orders.
„Priest Encounter helps priests in their pastoral care for families,
therefore I gladly recommend it to my fellow priests.”
Msgr László Bíró
Bishop for the Family
Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference