Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a psychologist, professor of pastoral studies, and the bestselling author of books for priests, recently conducted the most comprehensive survey of priestly happiness and spiritual lives ever undertaken.
Contrary to popular media portrayals, Rossetti finds that priests, as a group, are very happy men. They like the priesthood and are committed to it. In fact, 92 percent say they are happy in their ministry, among the highest rate of satisfaction of any profession in the United States. This accessible, fascinating study compares priests to the general male population with respect to human intimacy, sexual difficulties, burnout, psychological problems, physical health, and self-care. It identifies fourteen factors that contribute to happiness among priests, examining the contribution of spirituality to their psychological health. Rossetti's cutting-edge, hopeful work will be a must-read not only for priests, but for anyone interested in the priesthood and the Church.
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About the Author
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is a licensed psychologist, bestselling author, and sought-after expert on clergy and religious. He served as president and CEO of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland and is currently a clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America. Rossetti has been featured on NPR and "Meet the Press," and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers.
John L. Allen Jr. is National Catholic Reporter Senior Editor and author of The Future Church.
What People are Saying About This
At last some good news about priests! A must read for the laity, seminarians, priests, and especially bishops. (Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Author)
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)
A wonderful example of how the sciences and the candid survey of priest respondents reveal the reasons why the Catholic priesthood remains among the happiest vocations to be studied. . . . refreshing and enlightening at the same time. (Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta)
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 (John L. Allen Jr., Senior Correspondent
National Catholic Reporter)
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 todaya high level of satisfaction, happiness, and psychological health! Thanks Msgr. Stephen Rossetti! (Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, Author of The Commandments We Keep)
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)