"A wonderful example of how the sciences and the candid survey of priest respondents reveal the reasons why the Catholic priesthood remains among the happiest vocations to be studied. ...refreshing and enlightening at the same time."--Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory
, Archbishop of Atlanta
"At last some good news about priests! A must read for the laity, seminarians, priests, and especially bishops."--Cokie Roberts
, Journalist and Author
"By clearing away the debris of myth and public prejudice, [Rossetti] helps the Church focus on the very real challenges facing the priesthood."--From the Foreword by John L. Allen Jr.
, Senior Correspondent, National Catholic Reporter
"Useful and sage advice to ensure the health and wellness of our present and future priests and provides an invaluable tool for those responsible for their formation. Indeed, all the faithful would benefit from reading it!"--Msgr. Robert Panke
, President, National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors
"This will be an important study for priests and all those involved in their formation and care."--Rev. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
, Author of I Am With You Always
"At long last, there exists a highly scientific and large-scale study from a well-respected expert on the challenges of the American priesthood! It reveals a 'secret' joy in the celibate priestly vocation of today--a high level of satisfaction, happiness, and psychological health! Thanks Msgr. Stephen Rossetti!" --Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi
, Author of The Commandments We Keep
About the Author
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti
, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is a licensed psychologist, bestselling author, and sought-after expert on clergy and religious. He served as president and CEO of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland and is currently a clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America. Rossetti has been featured on NPR and "Meet the Press," and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post
, and other major newspapers.
John L. Allen Jr. is National Catholic Reporter Senior Editor and author of The Future Church.