Opus Bono cofounders, Joe Maher and Pete Ferrara receive the coveted Mandatum Award from the National Federation of Priests Councils with NFPC president, Father Richard Vega.
Dear Friends, I enjoyed visiting your center and celebrating Mass for you. I want to commend you for all your efforts to help priests who have had difficulties in their lives and are in need of the assistance you give them. May God bess your work for our priests.
Edmund Cardinal Szoka, President Emeritus of Vatican City and of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State
Please know that your generosity is deeply appreciated. Your encouragement and support, and your kind words are a source of great strength and consolation.
Joseph Cardinal Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City State
What a refreshing, encouraging message you are delivering, especially on behalf of so many priests in great pain. Your work is surely of God and though you will experience much of the pain you will be absorbing, your identification with Christ's priestly suffering will sustain you and make you an instrument of His Grace. Please know of my prayers to that end on behalf of all of you who are laboring for the good of the priesthood.
Edwin Cardinal O'Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Vatican City State.
I express my appreciation for your care and concern for the welfare of priests. I also share these same sentiments and offer my personal gratitude for your testimony to the goodness of the vast majority of our faithful priests. I commend you with all my heart for your solicitude for those priests who may be especially hurting at this moment due to their past mistakes and behavior.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Your great love for the Church and for the priesthood is a source of strength for all of us. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bless you and guide you in all that you are doing.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago
You have a zealous love for the Church and her priests and I appreciate and affirm your desire to be a support to our clergy. With thanks for what you are doing and with prayerful best wishes for you.
Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit
I'm happy to hear of all the good work you do for priests, both those who have offended, as well as those who have not. You show great balance! God bless your work!
Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe
I have read about your works very carefully and certainly express gratitude to you for all that you do. I simply write today to express my thanks to you for what you have done for so many. I ask God to bless you and all your families in abundance.
Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn, Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Thank you especially for being there when so many of our brother priests find themselves vulnerable and in crisis. My God bless you a hundred-fold for your kindness of spirit, and your Christly love for our priests.
Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta
Opus Bono Sacerdotii is a wonderful movement. On behalf of Catholic priests, I am grateful for the attention you have shown to the clergy and certainly support you in this outreach to priests who find themselves in difficulty. I am quite confident that God will reward your generosity.
Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Many fine priests have been vilified by false accusations and unfair trial in the press. We must remember however, that some bishops and priests have caused this crisis and we must all commit ourselves to renewed faithfulness to our vows, our Church and the teaching of Jesus Christ. That said, I can't thank you enough for the sacrificial way in which you have chosen to live out your faith. Our priests and bishops need people like you. You have truly been sent by the Spirit to our priests in need.
Most Reverend Robert C. Molino, Bishop of Madison
I truly appreciate the assistance and support that you are providing to my brother priests. More than ever, we need to support our good priests, and to pray for them. Hopefully more people will imitate your good example.
Most Reverend Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, Bishop Emeritus of San Angelo
It is both edifying and consoling to know of the prayerful support that you offer to so many good and faithful priests. Be assured that I will remember your apostolate at Mass.
Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs
I have read with interest about the organization you founded entitled Opus Bono Sacerdotii. In addition, my staff has reviewed the materials on your website. Allow me to congratulate you on your work and ministry to priests. Your organization is exactly what is needed at this point in time and I commend you. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry and sacrifices.
Most Reverend Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford
You are a long awaited gift to the Church! God bless you in all you do for priests who are in need ofthe healing and peace of Christ. Like John the Baptist, you are bold proclaimers of the Kingdom of Christ. As was true of John the Baptist, you will probably have to wait for your reward until Heaven, which surely awaits you for all the good you are doing.
Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham
Our Secretary for Clergy Personnel informed me of the agreement of your organization to help a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Permit me to acknowledge my gratitude for this wonderful show of compassion in helping Father, and for all the help that you give to priests. Please share my gratitude with the other members of your staff.
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn
Thank you for all that you are doing for our priests and loving them when they need to be loved most. I pray for my brothers every day that they may know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and my love and concern for them. Please keep asking us to help you financially and by our prayers. I believe that our priests deserve that from us in their greatest need.
Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC