Spiritual Fathers: A Workbook for Priests and Dads

Author:  Deacon James Keating PhD
Publisher:  The Institute For Priestly Formation
SKU: SFWPD



Together, the father and the priest can meet an urgent need in the family and Church today: presenting the spiritual life as a true journey to personal happiness. In many boys' minds, worship, prayer, and service to others is the way of women. This error in judgment is often born in boys because their fathers are absent in the home as initiators of prayer and instructors in moral life. This error is further compounded by the absence of priests in the life of young men. This lack of masculine role modeling in the spiritual life results in boys being ignorant of the true nature and adventure of entering the spiritual life and guiding others to do so as well.

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Together, the father and the priest can meet an urgent need in the family and Church today: presenting the spiritual life as a true journey to personal happiness. In many boys' minds, worship, prayer, and service to others is the way of women. This error in judgment is often born in boys because their fathers are absent in the home as initiators of prayer and instructors in moral life. This error is further compounded by the absence of priests in the life of young men.

This lack of masculine role modeling in the spiritual life results in boys being ignorant of the true nature and adventure of entering the spiritual life and guiding others to do so as well. Consequently, boys are not able to relate to who a priest is and what a priest does. The young boy or teenager is looking for an adventure, a journey; therefore, the priest must show both men and their sons that the deepest, most engaging part of priesthood lies beneath mere appearances. Those priests and fathers who are courageous enough to enter a life of prayer will find that many young men will follow them. 

As always, the boy's looking to explore, discover and see new things. These desires are satisfied fully only in a deep living relationship with God. The best people to introduce this adventure to the boy are his spiritual fathers, the men who already have explored and now enjoy the spiritual life: his dad and his pastor.

This workbook should be used by men as a catalyst to begin or deepen their spiritual life with the expressed desire of sharing the life with their sons. The contributors to this book envision it being used in meetings between fathers and priests. Within these meetings, the content of this workbook should be shared and reflected upon, especially the stories written by priests about their own fathers. Such stories will clarify how a father ministers the mystery of faith to his sons.

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Publisher The Institute For Priestly Formation
Author Deacon James Keating PhD
Product Type Study Guide/Workbook
Width (inches) 8.5
Height (inches) 11
ISBN/UPC 9780984379224
Number of Pages 50

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"As a vocation director, I know that this workbook will produce abundant long-term fruit as it promotes the deepest of relationships in faith between a pastor, the men of his parish, and the sons of these men. A good indication of a healthy parish is the active presence of many men. This workbook is a resource to jump-start, deepen, or broaden that necessary masculine presence in any parish."

Father Luke Sweeney
Vocation Director, Archdiocese of New York

"This workbook will be invaluable to vocation directors, fathers, and pastors. If used in the way intended by the authors, it will deepen the prayer life of all the readers and create homes and parishes which welcome priestly vocations in their midst."

Father Andrew Gehringer
Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Allentown

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Contributors:

  • Deacon James Keating, PhD is Director of Theological Formation for The Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University.
  • Edward Hogan, PhD is the Director of the Center for Ministry and the Department of Diaconal Formation for the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan.
  • Father James Mason, JD is Pastor of St. Lambert Parish in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Father David Vincent Meconi, SJ, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Louis University.
  • Father James Rafferty, STD is an Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Father David Toups, STD is Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Tampa, Florida.
  • Father Mark Toups, MDiv is the Director of Seminarian Formation for the Diocese of Houma in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He is also the cofounder and Spiritual Director of ADORE Ministries.