Pope Benedict XVI will inaugurate a special Year of the Priest starting on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Register plans to help equip readers to properly appreciate it.

We do so in this issue with several stories about trends in the priesthood, challenges of priests, and suggestions to encourage priests.

Online, we will offer more, including materials that previously ran in the Register. Go to NCRegister.com to find:

• How to Raise Priests and Nuns (10 suggestions)

• Excerpts from St. John Vianney’s Catechism on the Priest

• 7 Reasons to Be a Priest

— 6 Habits of Highly Effective Dioceses (regarding vocations promotion)

• Top 10 Priest Movies (from our top 100 pro-Catholic movies list)

Enjoy …