VATICAN CITY — A Rome-based sabbatical program for priests from the U.S. is being overhauled to allow even more American clerics to take time out to pray, relax and study in the Eternal City.
“I think this sabbatical course is so, so essential. Priests come here, I think, tired. They come here perhaps having lost some of that initial zeal,” said course director Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo.
“And what we find is that in those weeks, by praying together, eating together, traveling together, studying together, that priests again receive a sense of that initial spark that lead them into the seminary and in which they were formed and ordained.”