Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
In our “Guide to Sunday,” for Father’s Day, my wife and I ask: Why not celebrate the man you actually call “Father” — your priest?
In Faith & Family magazine, April shared priests’ four tips about what they want when laypeople have them over for dinner:
1. Be normal, and do what you normally do. (“The last thing a priest wants is an awkward, self-conscious evening where he feels like a space alien.”)
2. Respect the priest’s position and duties.
(“Some priests love to have kids climb all over them,” said one priest. “I do, but others don’t.”)
3. Serve light food.
(Priests have many food-related events. A 300-pound priest told April that when he was ordained he was as thin as a rail.)
4. Don’t have an agenda.
(Priests don’t like dinner invitations that turn out to be gripe sessions.)