Dear Seminarian: On Becoming A Shepherd Of Souls

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“Dear seminarian, I have been praying for you with all my heart, for you may be one of our future priests, and priests are a miracle of God’s love for us. A man, through the sacrament of Ordination, becomes another Christ, with powers that go beyond human imagination…”

It is doubtful that any woman has spoken more often to seminarians and future priests than Catherine Doherty—renowned Catholic speaker, author of more than 40 books and thousands of articles, and foundress of the Madonna House Apostolate.

Catheirne understands that the awakening of your priestly identity is crucial, for you are called to extend the incarnation of Jesus Christ in history. In this highly inspirational work, she addresses a wide range of topics important to your priestly spiritual formation.

Catherine’s words will encourage, motivate, and occasionally astonish you with their clarity and depth—enabling you to prepare to be a modern-day shepherd to God’s people in the spiritual crisis and challenges facing us today.

Author Profile: Catherine Doherty

Catherine Doherty used her heritage as a Russian Christian as a matrix for responding to the needs of Christian life and work in the modern world. Her own personal pilgrimage led her to be “poor with the poor Christ” in the slums of Toronto and in Harlem; and later to the establishing of the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate (in 1947). A dedicated wife and mother, Catherine was also a prolific writer of hundreds of articles, a best-selling author of dozens of books, a renowned national speaker, and a pioneer of social justice. After emigrating to the U.S., Catherine became a Catholic and was very active, along with her husband Eddie, in the Byzantine Catholic Church in the U.S. and Canada. Catherine died in 1985 and her cause for sainthood has been opened and is progressing.

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