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Why Priests Are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests (Ave Maria Press) Paperback – October 24, 2011
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"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
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John L. Allen Jr. is National Catholic Reporter Senior Editor and author of The Future Church.
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Who is Stephen Rossetti? He is the associate dean for the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America. These days, leading journalists turn to Rossetti as an articulate, rigorous advisor trying to improve life throughout his church. Evidence of that viewpoint is the fact that two leading promoters of Rossetti's new book are John Allen, Vatican expert for the National Catholic Reporter, CNN and NPR, plus ABC and NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts.
Here is Rossetti's own summary of his "headline" conclusions: "The overall findings of this study are clear and, when combined with similar findings in other studies, incontrovertible: Priests, as a group, are very happy with their lives and their vocations. They are among the happiest of any people in the country."
Why read this book if you're not Catholic? Many of the findings are surprising and are widely applicable to anyone interested in religious life. Here is one example among many. Rossetti asked in detail about each respondent's experience with prayer, then he compared that with other factors in the research project. He found: "Private prayer is directly correlated with improvement in both one's psychic and spiritual health.Read more ›
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I read only about first quarter. Seems to say that happy priests are ones who followed the advice of books like "The Young Seminarian" written by Father Marcetteau in 1943 Maybe... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert Coleman
This is a very flawed study which does not show, as the title wants readers to believe, that priests are happy. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by M. Beier