Future of Priestly Ministry
Sign on to the Open Letter

International Postcard Effort Growing Nearly 10,000 electronic and paper postcards from around the world have been sent to the Congregation for the Clergy and to local bishops. Our website is configured in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and English.  We plan to deliver verification of postcard signers and open letter signers to Rome in March of 2014.

Sign on to the Open Letter:

  • We invite signatures from individual Catholics, Catholic parishes, organizations, prayer groups and justice groups.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous it's ok to sign the first and last name field with something like "concerned pastoral minister", "overworked priest" or the like.
  • The open letter will be published in one or several national Catholic publications in 2011 and 2012.
  • It will contain a link to an online version that contains the names of all organizations and individual signers who wish to be identified. (Only your name and diocese will be included in the online listing.)

Download Resources to Educate Your Community

  • Open Letter from the People of God to the Bishops of the United States - Printable Template A printable copy of the Open Letter, to circulate in your faith community.
  • Tips, facts and sample letters for Bishop Dialogue This download contains everything you need to reach out and get a meeting with your bishop or other diocesan officials to discuss the priest shortage crisis, optional celibacy and women deacons. Includes tips for meeting with your bishop, talking points, three sample letters, and an important research article from America "Fewer and Fewer" documenting that only the Catholic Church has a clergy shortage.
  • Open Letter Organizing Kit This kit gives you tools for organizing around this Open Letter. We hope you will find it helpful, easy to use and inspiring so you can be a part of the organizing effort working towards a solution to the impending crisis of priest availability.
Additional projects: 
Optional Celibacy
Priest Shortage