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Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Canterbury Press Norwich
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)|
John-Francis Friendship draws on extensive experience in pastoral supervision and spiritual direction to help priests cultivate spiritual practices and habits that will nurture a priests's relationship with Christ, sustain holy living and foster personal well-being.
In a series of reflections based on the charges in the ordination service, he explores a range of topics including:
Growing in holiness
The call to wholeness
Keeping prayer fresh
Preparing for the Eucharist
John-Francis Friendship's wise, engaging and emotionally intelligent book is a timely reminder that prayer lies at the heart of the priestly life, and from that all else flows.
John-Francis Friendship's deep thinking and reflection in these pages will help those who
seek to journey and grow in their relationship with God.
This is a very welcome and insightful book bringing John-Francis' depth of wisdom and experience for those preparing for and in their early years of ordained ministry. I was personally delighted and challenged by his insights after many years of ordained ministry.
Fr John-Francis has given us a gift as he speaks from the heart and with gentle wisdom about the joys and challenges facing those who consecrate their lives to Jesus as his priests.
So often the pressures of priestly ministry collide with the wellsprings of prayer that must sustain a priest. Steeped in tradition and in contemporary understanding alike, Fr John-Francis offers practical guidance and profound encouragement.
This is a book for every Christian called, in John-Francis's words, to 'live out their Baptismal promises; to deepen the conversion of their heart to Christ'. It reflects hard won and faithful experience and offers itself as a valuable companion to all who choose to walk that narrow and blessed way.
Author: John-Francis FRIENDSHIP
Located in: LONDON, UK
Submitted: September 12, 2018
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a priest who spent 25 years living out of the vocation of a Franciscan until being release from my Vows in 2002. For 10 years I was a parish priest and now live in south-east London with my partner where I continue to offer a priestly ministry. In addition I am a spiritual director and pastoral supervisor and lead retreats for clergy and lay people.
What was your motivation behind this project? Listening to many clergy over the years it became clear that many of the spiritual resources I was fortunate to take for granted are lost for some clergy as the emphasis shifts to priesthood being about 'successful leadership'. The call to 'being' is being overwhelmed by the demands of 'doing'. This book draws on some of the great traditions of Christian spirituality as it relates, in particular, to the priesthood.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A realisation of the essence of the priestly vocation and a renewed confidence in wanting to be Enfolded in Christ
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I realised a deeper desire to enter into the Sacred Heart of Christ
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? St Jean Marie Vianney; St Francis of Assisi, St Ignatius Loyola, St Benedict of Nursia, St Teresa of Avila.