It's not so much a recruitment campaign, as a year for renewed commitment and encouragement of those who already are Catholic priests:
"...[director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit] Father [Federico] Lombardi affirmed that the Year for Priests, which began Friday and runs through next June, responds to struggles caused by various factors: 'the general climate of secularization in vast regions of the world, a lessened appreciation for the role of the priest in society, the deep wounds inflicted on the public image of priests due to unworthy behavior by some of them, and even the worthy valuing of the lay vocation in the Church.'There's more in the Zenit article, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a sort of insider's guide which I think Catholic Laypeople might also find useful:
"Faced with these difficulties, the spokesman continued, 'the Pope does not respond with socio-religious considerations, but by promoting a commitment to interior renewal on the part of all priests, so that their Gospel testimony in the world of today is more intense and weighty.'..." (Zenit)
- "Year for Priests"
June 19, 2009 - June 19, 2010
The Year for Priests is just the more of the same call to holiness that the Church has been passing along for about two millennia.
A Prayer for PriestsI haven't tracked down where this prayer comes from, but I've heard it, or something like it, quite often. I think it's appropriate for this time:
"Lord, send us priests.
"Lord, send us many priests.
"Lord, send us many holy priests."
- "Year for Priests Kicks Off Today"
(June 19, 2009)
- "One Man Drama Honors Late Pope during Year for Priests"
Oregon Faith Report (July 5, 2009)
- "TV gameshow offers atheists 'salvation' "
CNN (July 3, 2009)
- " 'Year for Priests' is opportunity for renewal"
Catholic Courier (June 29, 2009)
- "Being a Pastor Means Being Available to Others"
Vatican Information Service, via EWTN (June 30, 2009)
- "Why a Year for Priests?"
Zenit (June 22, 2009)
- "Former Catholic priest in photo scandal marries"
CNN (June 17, 2009)