Why do Catholic priests remain active in their priestly ministry? What are their sources of motivation and their sources of stress? How do they understand their ministry as priests? And how do they view their Church, their God, and themselves? In this study of Catholic priests working in the diocese of Joliet, Illinois, Fr. Fogarty probes the theological, pastoral and ministerial issues involved in the priest's understanding o f himself. Beginning with a look at how the priesthood was perceived by priests and other in the 50 years before the Second Vatican Council, Fogarty points to the changes that have occurred in the priest's way of life and his present understanding of God, Jesus and the Church. His findings point out a variety of areas of challenge and stress for priests today.
John C. Fogarty, Paperback, ISBN 10: 1556122187, ISBN 13: 9781556122187