When a man enters into formation for the Priesthood, it is not only a significant change for him. It is also a change for his family. A priest belongs to the Church, and in a special way, his parents, brothers and sisters – indeed, his whole family – experiences the joys and challenges that come with offering a life to God.
The Parents of Priests and Seminarians group is a family of families who share something in common: their sons are seminarians or priests. Together, they find support and fellowship in a community of friends whose children are learning to be brothers to one another. The group (known as PoPS), gathers in the springtime for Mass and a reception with the Archbishop, as well as at various other times throughout the year for prayer, fellowship and support.
If your son is considering becoming a priest, please do not consider it as “losing a son.” You are, in fact, gaining “PoPS”!