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A Practical Guide to Priestly Wellness

[NFPC – 2005]   The National Federation of Presbyteral Councils (NFPC) is pleased to introduce A Practical Guide to Priestly Wellness. The contents of this document originated out of a discussion of delegates at the 2003 Conference of the NFPC. We are much indebted to Fr. Ray Dlugos, OSA, of the Southdown Institute, Fr. David Louch CSsR, of the Carter Centre and Mr. Terry Colton, for their valuable input and professional facilitation skills during that conference.

A Practical Guide to Priestly Wellness, written by your diocesan delegates is just that, a guide. Wellness is a personal, ethical responsibility, as well as a personal and moral response to the gift of life by the Giver of life. As men and as presbyters we are called not only to celebrate this gift of abundant life, but as also share in the fraternal charity and support.

We encourage you to use this guide:

  • as an aid to personal reflection;
  • as a means for group discussions using the group process provided;
  • as a basis for support groups;
  • and finally, for Council of Priests and Deanery meetings.

I offer special thanks to the members of the writing team for their gift of time and talent in the production of this document. The members of NFPC from across Canada contributed to this guide. The NFPC also gratefully acknowledges the financial support of our member dioceses and bishops.

Our prayer and hope is that those who reflect on the contents provided in this guide will be moved to a fuller appreciation and celebration of the sacred gift of life entrusted in them. With prayerful appreciation of the gift of ministry you possess, and of your sacred journey in faith, I remain,

Fraternally in Christ,
J. Hamish Currie, (Rev.), Past President
National Federation of Presbyteral Councils


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