Responsibly ‘tend to your priest’

By |2016-04-02T00:59:25-05:00Sep 15, 2010|Very Reverend Patrick Heppe|

Date-Stone-Dedication-9-21-08---14I love being a priest. I’ve been at it for over 30 years. I think that’s one of the reasons I was asked to be the Vicar of Clergy. I’ve loved working with priests and over the past year have been working with priests as my full-time ministry. It’s been a fulfilling and rewarding year.

From my experience, I found that if a priest is going to be happy in ministry, he has to work both on his holiness and his health. That’s been my approach when I started as vicar and continues to be my approach today.

There are numerous programs and opportunities offered for the priests in the archdiocese to be holy and healthy. I find that a lot of my job is rooted in “priest coaching.” Priests are so busy taking care of other people that they often fail to take care of themselves in the process. I work from the premise that I love doing what I’m doing, and I want to be doing this for a long time. If I’m going to be happy at this ministry I do need to work on my health and happiness.

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