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Stephen J. Rossetti


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Why Priests Are Happy

A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests Stephen J. Rossetti

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a psychologist, professor of pastoral studies, acclaimed expert on clergy and religious, and bestselling author of books for priests, recently conducted the most comprehensive survey of priestly happiness and spiritual lives ever undertaken. From his survey of nearly 2,500 priests from twenty-three dioceses in the United States, Rossetti discovered a surprising and compelling perspective on the state of the priesthood today, one that overturns popular notions of priestly life presented in the media. Rossetti finds that priests, as a group, are very happy men. They like the priesthood and are committed to it. In fact, 92 percent say they are happy in their ministry, among the highest rate of satisfaction of any profession in the United States. This accessible, fascinating study compares priests to the general male population with respect to human intimacy, sexual difficulties, burnout, psychological problems, physical health, and self-care. It identifies fourteen factors that contribute to happiness among priests, looking closely at the contribution of spirituality to their psychological health. This hopeful work is essential, must-read material for everyone involved in vocations work, and young men discerning a vocation in the priesthood.

ISBN: 978-1-59471-274-6, 256 pages, £12.99

Special Price: £7.01 “Msgr. Stephen Rossetti offers a powerful contribution toward a more balanced appraisal of the STATE OF THE CATHOLIC SOUL in this unique empirical study of American priests.”

From the Foreword by John L. Allen Jr.

Senior Correspondent, National Catholic Reporter

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Our Journey Into Joy

Ten Steps to Priestly Holiness Stephen J. Rossetti Msgr. Stephen Rossetti has developed ten fundamental building blocks for priestly holiness, reminding his readers that the priest is a man who is full of God and full of joy. ISBN: 978-1-59471-219-7, 32 pages, £1.99

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Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is a licensed psychologist, bestselling author, and sought-after expert on clergy and religious. He served as president and CEO of the Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is currently a clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America.

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The Joy of Priesthood

A Spirituality for Priests

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti weaves together reflections on the Eucharist from over twenty notable contributors, including the late Cardinal Avery Dulles and Archbishop Donald Wuerl. This book makes an ideal gift for priests and seminarians, as well as interested laity seeking inspiration from priestly devotion to the Eucharist.

Msgr. Rossetti invites priests to recognize the dignity of their calling through honest and psychologically based self-assessment, because happiness in the priesthood flows from both wholeness and holiness. ISBN: 978-1-59471-066-7, 224 pages, £11.99

ISBN: 978-1-59471-217-3, 192 pages, £11.99

When the Lion Roars

Behold Your Mother

Rossetti addresses the many questions and concerns that arise on the path to deeper prayer. He draws carefully from the wisdom of scripture and uses his broad knowledge of mystical writers to guide us on a road we may never have expected to take.

Nine esteemed priests, including Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., and Gerald O’Collins, S.J., share how their devotion to the Blessed Mother has supported their life and ministry. Behold Your Mother seeks to renew this devotional practice for younger clergy, those with years of priestly life, and the laity.

A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic

Priests Speak about Mary

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