Armagh Provincial Congress 2012

St Joseph's Young Priests Society's Congress of the Armagh Province took place in Monaghan on the 3rd March 2012

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Our Lady's Island Pilgrimage July 2010

On the 25th of July the Society held a Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island in Wexford.

Our Lady's Island Pilgrimage

More Photographs can be seen here and viewed as a Slideshow here.



25th Anniversary Celebration in Mallow.

More here

The Society's pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island, Wexford took place in July 2010.

More Here

The Societys annual Pilgrimage to Knock took place in June 2010.

More Photo's here

Visit to Áras an Uachtarain


A great time was had by all on our recent pilgrimage to the Shrines of France. The group who undertook the Pilgrimage can be seen below (Click on the photo for a larger version).  

Pilgrimage to the Shrines of France

 More photo's from the trip can be seen at this link




A beautiful Chalice has been generously donated to St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society. The Chalice was originally given to the Young Priests’ from Dr. Ivor O’Sullivan. During the 1st World War, the Bishop of Kerry made and appeal to all priests in Ireland to go as Chaplain in the War. A relative of Dr Sullivan's volunteered, but sadly was killed soon afterwards. There was no member of the O’Sullivan family who would be a candidate, or willed to go into priesthood. The Chalice was therefore given to St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ in memory of Dr Sullivan.





Father DermotThousands set to flock to Knock for annual pilgrimage

Over 5,000 pilgrims from all over Ireland will flock to Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, June 27th – and one of their missions will be to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Special buses are being organised from every diocese for the annual pilgrimage of the St Joseph ’s Young Priests Society, a society of lay people founded in 1895.

"We support seminarians in a variety of ways, through prayer, personal support, and, when necessary, financial support. The work of the Society is crucial nowadays, and I am delighted that over 100 years since we were founded by a Corofin, Co. Galway , woman, we are still playing an important role in the church," said Society President Marie Hogan .

"The foundress of the Society was 64 year-old Olivia Taaffe, who believed that all Catholics had a responsibility for the wellbeing of the Church. She focused her efforts on supporting priestly vocations in whatever way she could."

The Society now has a membership of over 100,000 in 470 branches around Ireland .

"Our pilgrimage is a way of celebrating the work of Priests through prayer, and also of reminding the laity that they have a role to play in fostering vocations," added Marie.

Society Chaplain Fr Eamonn Bourke has produced a special booklet – Honestly! The Questions People Ask – for those who feel they may have a priestly vocation. Fr Bourke will be the homilist at the pilgrimage, and Most Rev John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore will preside at the Mass. More details are available from St Joseph's Young Priests Society office at 23 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (01 676 2593, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Anointing of the sick will take place at 2.30pm, conducted by Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Kilmore, followed by Mass at 3pm.















For more information on any of our upcoming events, please contact St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society’s Head Office on 01 676 2593.

Mission Statement

We believe, at this critical time, our

Society is called to a renewal of faith, to

proclaim boldly the Gospel of Jesus

Christ, and to work in partnership

towards a greater understanding of

Christ’s call "come follow me".

Why is the work of the Society so Important?

The work of fostering religious vocations belongs to the entire Christian community. Taking part in the work of the work of the Society is one way in which lay people can respond to the task. They look to the future and to their children’s future. They want to hand on their faith and their love of the Mass, for which priests will be needed.

How can I help the work of the Society?

You can help by supporting the branch in your parish or at your work.

Alternatively, by contacting the General Secretary of the Society at:

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society

23 Merrion Square

Dublin 2

Tel: 01 676 2593

Fax: 01 676 2549

The drop in numbers coming forward in recent years has meant that increased emphasis has to be placed on vocation promotion. It's an area where lay people must be increasingly involved, for all in the Church have the resonsibility to look after vocations.

What is the Society's Status?

The Society is a registered charity and has been since the foundation of the State in 1922. Registration number. CHY 1508.

What are the Society's Activities?
  1. Daily prayer for vocations
  2. Society pilgrimages
  3. Afternoons of prayer
  4. Promotion of suitable spiritual exercises:
    • Eucharistic Adoration
    • Prayer meetings
    • Vigils
    • Seminars
    • Retreats

        5.   So its members may give witness to Christians living.

What Students are helped by the Society?

The Society provides assistance relating to:

  1. Students for the priesthood for ministry in Ireland, who qualify for assistance and who are recommended by a Board of Priests appointed by the four archbishops in Ireland.
  2. Students for the priesthood where the need exists throughout the world. At present, students are assisted in Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Columbia, Equador, Peru, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and China.










Are only Irish Students Helped?

No. St. Joseph's Young Priests Society assists students for the priesthood where the need exists, throughout the world. The Society has helped students in Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Columbia, Equador, Peru, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Sri Lanka.














Why do Students need Financial Help?
  • Expenses for any student are substantial
  • Economic burden on all families
  • Seminary education is no longer
  • Third level grant is not normally available








What are the Purposes of the Society?
  • To foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life
  • To assist students for the priesthood both financially and by prayer
  • To promote the vocation of the laity
  • To foster a greater understanding and love of the Mass














How does the Society Work?


  • Through a branch group formed in the parish which has the approval of the parish priest
  • Through vocational branches in the workplace
  • A branch group elects officers. The group meet each month to pray and organise the Society’s activities in their community.













What is St. Joseph's Young Priests Society?

It is a Society of lay people, which was established in Ireland in 1895 by Mrs. Olivia Taaffe. It is approved by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

As a lay association, the initiative to form a branch comes from a small group of committed Christians. Branches normally meet on a monthly basis to pray together and to organise Society activities in their own community such as prayer vigils, pilgrimages, seminars and retreats. Branches are encouraged to co-operate with parish clergy in initiatives to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the life and ministry of priests.













Modlitwa o powolania


Panie Jezu Chryste,

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które oczekuje ?wietych Apostolów,

pelnych po?wiecenia kaplanów,

heroicznych misjonarzy

i oddanych swej posludze sióstr i braci



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iskre powolania.


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pragnely dawa? Twojemu Ko?ciolowi

pomocników w pracy dla jutra.



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All donations are greatly appreciated.

They help student clerics on their journey to the Priesthood

in Ireland and all over the world.

The Society has Mass offered daily for all benefactors, living and deceased.

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 Or send to

St Joseph's Young Priests Society

23 Merrion Square

Dublin 2.


For more information please call our office on 01 676 25 93.

Thank you.





St. Joseph's Young Priests Society has helped out colleges from around the world. Countries include Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

About Us


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.