About Priesthood

In Defense of the Flight (text)
Apologia de Fuga
St. Athanasius (296-373)

On the Duties of the Clergy (text)
St. Ambrose (340-397)

On the Priesthood (text)
St. John Chrysostom (347-407)

Pastoral Rule (text)
St. Gregory the Great (540-604)

Summa Theologica, Supplement, On Holy Orders
Question 34. The Sacrament of Order as to its essence and parts
Question 35. The effect of this sacrament
Question 36. The qualities required of those receiving this sacrament
Question 37. The distinction of Orders, of their acts, and the imprinting of the character
Question 38. Those who confer this sacrament
Question 39. The impediments to this sacrament
Question 40. The things annexed to the sacrament of Order
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

The Dignity and Duties of the Priest (excerpt)
St. Alphonsus Ligouri (1696-1787)

On Priests and the Care of Souls (text)
Amantissimi Redemptoris
Pope Pius IX (3 May 1858)

On the Morality of Dueling (text)
Pastoralis Officii
Pope Leo XIII (12 September 1891)

On the Nullity of Anglican Orders (text)
Apostolicae Curae
Pope Leo XIII (18 September 18 1896)

On the Education of the Clergy (text)
Depuis le Jour
Pope Leo XIII (8 September 1899)

The Cure d’Ars: St. Jean-Marie Vianney
(Google books)
(Chapter One)
Abbé Francis Trochu (1877-19??)

Diary of a Country Priest (summary)
Georges Bernanos (1888-1948)

To the Catholic Clergy on Priestly Sanctity (text)
Haerent Animo
Pope St. Pius X (4 August 1908)

On the Catholic Priesthood (text)
Ad Catholici Sacerdotii
Pope Pius IX (20 December 1935)

On the Sacrament of Order (text)
Sacramentum Ordinis
Pope Pius XII (30 November 1947)

On the Development of Holiness in Priestly Life (text)
Menti Nostrae
Pope Pius XII (23 September 1950)

The First Days of Our Priesthood (text)
Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia
Pope John XXIII (1 August 1959)

Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests (text)
Presbyterorum Ordinis
Pope Paul VI (7 December 1965)

The Celibacy of the Priest (text)
Sacerdotalis Caelibatus
Pope Paul VI (24 June 1967)

On the Formation of Priests in the Circumstances of the Present Day (text)
Pastores Dabo Vobis
Blessed Pope John Paul II (25 March 1992)

Directory on the Ministry and Life of Priests (text)
Congregation for the Clergy (31 March 1994)

Apostolic Letter on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone (text)
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis
Blessed Pope John Paul II (22 May 1994)

On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest (text)
Congregation for the Clergy (15 August 1997)

The Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community (text)
Congregation for the Clergy (4 August 2002)


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