USCCB Penance Project

Ongoing Formation of Priests: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Institute for Priestly Formation welcomes you to this resource for priests. At the invitation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, the Institute for Priestly Formation, along with other organizations, is providing resources especially geared toward priests in their role as confessors. The initiative from the CCLV states:
In response to the USCCB’s call to further implementation of the New Evangelization, the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) has tasked itself with developing annual themes for the ongoing formation of priests and the New Evangelization. CCLV has chosen the Sacrament of Confession as the theme for 2014 and has identified three areas of special interest: (1) the priest as confessor, (2) the priest as penitent, and (3) the seal of confession.
IPF provides the follow text and audio files as reflections to draw priests into deeper communion with the Lord, particularly in the sacred beauty of the Sacrament of Confession.

Meditation on Reconciliation

Audio Talks

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Fr Mark Toups’ Handout

IPF Mission Statement

The Institute for Priestly Formation was founded to assist bishops in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests in the Roman Catholic Church. The Institute responds to the need to foster spiritual formation as the integrating and governing principle of all aspects of priestly formation. Inspired by the biblical-evangelical spirituality of Ignatius Loyola, this spiritual formation has as its goal the cultivation of a deep interior communion with Christ; from such communion the priest shares in Christ’s own pastoral charity. In carrying out its mission, the Institute directly serves diocesan seminarians and priests as well as those who are responsible for diocesan priestly formation.