Early Ministry Program for the Ongoing Formation of Newly Ordained Priests
Archbishop Wilton Gregory expressed a strong desire that the Archdiocese do all in our power to welcome, support and encourage our newly ordained priests as they begin their ministry. Mindful of the need to build upon the formation already provided in the seminary, and aware that the new priest needs the assistance of his brother priests if he is to continue to grow as an effective minister, the Archbishop requested that the Committee for Ongoing Formation of Priests (COFP) create a program that would assist our new priests during this critical time. Data has existed for some time now that the first years after ordination can be critical for the priestly identity and formation of these men. Their experience of priesthood during these years is vitally important in laying the foundation for a lifetime of holy, healthy and effective priestly ministry.