"Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience". These are the 3 words I have known about priests and nuns since I was a child. That meant, they stripped themselves from the world, led a solitary life, and had to be in perfect obedience. As a child the foundation of my faith was formed by my mother and our family priest. I always marveled at the sacrifice of poverty each priest I met live in. My faith grew through the mass/es I've had the blessing to attend. Forever, I will be grateful to all the priests who have formed my faith.
About 10 years ago, the priest at mass, said, "we were taught how far apart our hands are when we raise them up during mass, but we were never taught how to take care of ourselves to survive in the outside world". I never forgot those words.
When I first heard of Opus Bono, I immediately knew it was time to give back. The more I learned about the works of Opus Bono, the more inspired I have been to be a part of it. A lot of the letters I read from the priests are heartbreaking to say the least. Joe Mayer and his team are my heroes. Thank you for all you do!
OBS is an amazing group helping the truly helpless.
No one is more alone than a priest on whom the Church has turned its back. Trained for the ministry and having spent a lifetime in service to the Church it is a terrible thing to know of elderly former or retired priests, often ill or destitute, who are cast into the street while their former diocese acts as if it does not know them.
Opus assists these men with a mercy the institutional Church preaches but does not practice.
I have had negative experiences with some other Christian organizations. Not with Opus Bono Sacerdotii. I also know of a falsely accused priest who is unjustly in jail at the present time who speaks highly of this group. I trust him. If you are willing to pray for them and spare some money for a donation, you will be doing something very, very good.
I have not direct experience of Opus Bono Sacerdotii. I have read reports and have talked with someone who has direct experience. It is my belief that this small organization does
much good despite its small size. It has committed staff and founders. They reach out to Catholic priests without judgement that condemns but with compassion that one finds in our Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage support of this worthy organization. Fr Ron Smith OFM Cap.
I strongly believe the Priests deserve better, no matter their circumstances and status. Nowadays, very few men would consider becoming a Catholic Priest. I am sure they all went in in good faith and made huge sacrifices for their vocations...albeit things did not turn out right. And we, as Catholics have the obligation to help (I am a new Catholic baptized about a year ago from the Mormon faith. I think Catholics can learn from the Latter-Day Saints who support their own members of the Church, lay Priests and leaders in good and bad times, ...and no matter how bad and ugly). Opus Bono Sacerdotii is an excellent example of this and better. I will spread your organization's intent on my Facebook and in my parish, St Anthony in Edmonton, Canada. I will make a Novena for the priests.
And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Since 2002, the organization called Opus Bono Sacerdotii—“Work for the Good of the Priesthood”—has been caring for priests who have sinned and committed crimes, and who have been cast out by the bishops and religious superiors who educated and trained them. Opus Bono Sacerdotii was established to welcome these outcasts to help them begin new lives. These men might rightly be called the least of our brothers.
The teaching and example of Pope Francis—with his emphasis on mercy and on caring for outcasts and marginalized people—has given Opus Bono Sacerdotii new insight into the nature and value of its ministry. The work of Opus Bono Sacerdotii can suggest some of the practical implications of the words and example of Pope Francis about mercy, forgiveness, and marginalized people.
Some Catholics may even deny that the Sermon on the Mount applies to fallen priests. Opus Bono Sacerdotii, however, shares the ethos embodied in the slogan “Love Thy Neighbor. No Exceptions.”
I have observed the ministry of Opus Bono Sacerdotii since I did some consulting with them during 2015. It is my own belief that the dioceses and religious communities to which these fallen priests formerly belonged have a clear obligation to help these men start over until they can support themselves. This is part of the call of the Gospel to be merciful, and it’s frankly also a matter of fundamental human decency. Opus Bono Sacerdotii ministers to these former priests whenever their bishops and religious superiors do not—and it deserves financial assistance from men, women, and organizations who have been blessed with the resources to support its work.
Some of the men Opus Bono ministers to represent a worst-case scenario—a perfect test case to see if there are Americans who accept what the Gospel tells us about our call to identify ourselves with God’s all-inclusive mercy and forgiveness.
Sadly, some Christians seem instead to insist on what they see as their personal right to continue judging some of these men. People who identify themselves as Christians—and who find that they want to exclude the men Opus Bono assists—should think and pray about just what our tradition from the Sermon on the Mount to Pope Francis means when it explicitly says “no exceptions.” I submit that there is no room for a spirit of vengeance within the Christian tradition.
I personally hope that bishops and religious superiors—and others with the means to help—will consider making generous donations to Opus Bono Sacerdotii, which is the only organization that helps fallen priests. Whatever their sins, Opus Bono Sacerdotii refuses to allow former priests to become part of what Pope Francis calls our “throw-away culture.”
Opus bono sacredotti is the embodiment of Jesus' exhortation to care for those in need. So many who have experienced the unintended consequences of evil (with or without culpability) and who must endure the remainder of their lives without even the most basic of needs have a refuge and advocate in this most necessary ministry; an exemplery work of corporal and spiritual mercy.
It has been my privilege both to receive services from Opus Bono and to assist in identifying other persons who need the services and connecting those persons to Opus Bono. I think the most important thing I want to affirm is the personal relationship Joe and Pete establish with the the people they serve, and the deep respect they show for them. They get to know the men they help, and the men feel respected and cared for. Many people who come to Opus Bono have lost just about everything, and simply being received and treated with respect is life-affirming and, sometimes, nothing less than life-saving. I am deeply grateful to the Opus Bono family -- to the staff, donors and clients.
Every day priests all over the world sit in the confessional and grant absolution to their people for their sins.
Yet, when it is the priest who falls, or who has even the appearance of falling, he meets so often with little or no forgiveness in return. What a cruel irony.
"But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people." (Ps. 22:6)
Thank God for Opus Bono Sacerdotii and their courage to reach out to priests cast out of their rectories, their dioceses, and sadly even at times their very priesthood. Justly or unjustly, guilty or innocent, they are still in need of help, hope, and forgiveness.
It is truly a privilege for me to contribute to the work of this great organization!
"Blessed are you when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all manner of evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you."
God bless you, Joe! Your reward in heaven shall be great indeed.
I heard Joe (Founder) being interviewed on a local catholic station a few years ago. I was very moved by his mission and the stories of the priests they help. Many of the priests have been falsely accused and abandoned. Some suffer from addictions and health problems. When Joe said this was a chance to be Simon of Cyrene, I was hooked. I've been supporting ever since.