Events for the Year for Priests Held in Each Diocese
On the occasion of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on Friday, June 19, 2009, each diocese celebrated a Mass to open the Year for Priests and held various events to mark this day of prayer for the sanctification of the clergy.
On this occasion, each diocese sought practical ways to observe the Year for Priests in a significant way, hoping that the year will be one of spiritual renewal with grace and blessings for priests. In particular, the Diocese of Suwon issued a Message of the Bishop for the Year for Priests and sent it to all diocesan priests with instructions on how to obtain a plenary indulgence, along with a calendar containing the names of all departed diocesan priests. The Archdiocese of Daegu announced 'practical suggestions for the Year for Priests' under the heading of 'holy priests, love-filled priests and happy priests'. Other dioceses such as dioceses of Daejeon, Andong and Cheju set aside a time for a retreat for priests where there were holy hours with special prayers and meditation on St. John Mary Vianney's life and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.