The Intercession for Priests was started by Father Kevin Scallon, C.M. at All Hallows College in 1976 in response to the great upheaval in the priesthood in the years following Vatican II.
How it all began…
The years following Vatican II were a critical time for priests and many decided to leave the ministry. Those who persevere were trying to come to terms with the nature and demands of priestly ministry. Even then it seemed clear that the crises in the priesthood were not of the kind that would be resolved by human means, but by prayer and fasting.
The mission of the Intercession for Priests is to pray for the spiritual and pastoral renewal of the ordained ministry in the Catholic Church. It is inspired by two words from scripture:
Simon, behold Satan desired to have you that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. (Luke 22:31-32)
In the days of his flesh…offered up prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears (Heb. 5:7) and is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb. 7:25).
Providentially, Sr. Briege came on the very first day, 16th of July. Her love for the Church and for the priesthood was then, and now, unconditional. Her gift of ministering to priests is quite unique.