AFTER THE HEART OF GOD
THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF PRIESTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUMBISHOP JULIAN PORTEOUS
Paperback, 170 pages
ISBN 978-1-921421-22-3Price: $29.95
What sort of priest is needed for the third millennium? The cultural
and ecclesial landscape has changed so dramatically over the past fifty
There are new and challenging forces at work influencing the direction
of culture and many forces bearing in on the Church. The priest is at
the cutting edge of the intersection of these forces as they play out
the lives of Catholics. It is timely to look again at the identity,
spirituality and pastoral orientation of priests. This book is written
firstly for priests, especially diocesan priests. Priests are vital for
the life of the Church at the local parish level.
The author has
been a diocesan priest for thirty four years. More recently he has been
Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney. His role as Rector
raised the question of the identity and mission of the priest in the
contemporary setting. This book is a fruit of living the priesthood and
of a reflection on the future of the priesthood as he focussed on the
formation of seminarians.
The book begins with an examination of the factors in society and
changes in the Church that bear in on priestly ministry. It considers
new signs of hope emerging in the Church in recent times and it looks
at the way in which the Church itself has responded to some of the
challenges that priests have faced. The book then moves to examine the
identity and character of the priest, considering the human reality,
the pastoral orientation and the spiritual life of the priest.
Bishop Julian Porteous is Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney and Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd. He is Episcopal Vicar for Renewal and Evangelisation within the Archdiocese. He has had extensive experience in the area of Evangelisation and has worked closely with the new Ecclesial Movements.
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 15 March, 2009.