October 12, 2009. An online resource for priests is making
its mark globally. The website www.epriest.com has reached a
milestone of more than 6,000 subscribers.
The registered users include
68% from the United States, 4% from Canada and 4%
from the Philippines. More than 50% are diocesan priests worldwide,
and about 25% are priests of a particular religious order.
The remainder includes a mixture of deacons, seminarians, bishops, and
people who classify themselves as “other religious.”
“The online community
forum offers priests from North American, and indeed from around
the world, the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and offer
encouragement,” said director of the website Fr. Alex Yeung, LC.
“Our goal is to be a useful resource for Catholic
priests. Today’s priest faces steadily increasing demands on his time,
as well as new and complex pastoral needs stemming from
a diverse and secularized society,” he said.
Yeung explained that, in
addition to the benefits of an online community, ePriest offers
services to its registered users, including weekly Homily Packs and
parish Best Practices. Best practices include profiles of practices currently
working in real parishes. The profiles touch all sectors of
parish life including sacraments, outreach, faith formation, family, youth, vocation
promotion, administration and finance and ongoing priestly formation. Homily packs
offer ingredients for an effective homily: lesson ideas drawn from
the Sunday liturgy, illustrations and applications. They also include preaching
tips and, for those who need help ministering to Hispanic
congregations, “ready-made” Spanish language homilies.
The website is operated by a
team of lay professionals who are members of the Regnum
Christi Movement and is supported by a network of diocesan
priests who provide ongoing evaluation and input.
The website is
an outreach of Mission Network, an international Catholic organization that
serves bishops, pastors and parish staff in helping meet their
pastoral needs. For more information, go to www.epriest.com.