"The renewal of a humble, grateful confidence in their call and identity is a top priority for us priests today. This excellent work really helps, and is worthwhile spiritual reading."
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archdiocese of New York
“Reclaiming Our Priestly Character offers a review of the present crisis and shows the way forward to a renovation of the priesthood that is in keeping with both the perennial wisdom of the Catholic tradition and the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.”
Author and political and social activist
Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
"If the priesthood is to be renewed, and it surely must be, the renewal must take the form described by Father Toups. With clarity, simplicity, and a thorough mastery of the literature, he shows that the essence of the ministerial priesthood consists in the sacramental character that configures the ordained to Christ the High Priest."
Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ
"In Reclaiming Our Priestly Character, Father David Toups links a careful theological study of priesthood with a wise and practical spirituality. This rare and much needed synthesis will greatly benefit priests, seminarians, indeed, anyone in the Church who cares about the renewal of the priesthood."
Father Louis J. Cameli, S.T.D.
"The Biblical and historical foundations articulated in this artful book make it a 'must read' for anyone desiring to receive a foundational understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Orders in the living tradition of the Church."
Dr. Scott Hahn
Convert, author, and professor of theology and scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville
“Father David Toups has written a most valuable and spiritually enriching reflection on today’s priesthood...I could not recommend this work more highly.”
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien
Archdiocese of Baltimore
“Reclaiming Our Priestly Character sheds a bright light on the theological dimensions of the crisis of priestly identity in the post-conciliar period by setting out the doctrine of the sacerdotal character and its implications for priestly formation.”
Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T.
Professor of dogmatic theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York