St Joseph’s Young Priests Society exists to help student clerics on their journey to Priesthood. The Society fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It assists students for the priesthood both financially and by prayer. It promotes the vocation of the laity and fosters a greater understanding and love of the Mass.
The Society holds prayer meetings for the vocations and arranges pilgrimages, Eucharistic adoration, vigils, seminars and retreats so that its members may give witness to Christian living.
The Society works through a branch group which is formed in the parish with the approval of the parish priest. Each branch meets monthly, to pray and to organise the Society’s activities in its community.
The Society is important, as we need priests to celebrate the Sacraments. At present, there is a shortage of priests. We must look to the future of our children and grandchildren. We have the responsibility to hand on the Faith – to hand on a love and understanding of the Eucharist.
The Society helps students for the priesthood from any diocese in the country who are recommended by a board of priests appointed by the four Archbishops in Ireland. We also help students throughout the world - where the need exists. The Society helps seminarians both spiritually and financially.
The task of fostering vocations depends on the whole Christian community. By being involved in St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society we can help in this important work and also support our priests.