renewing the consecration to Mary, Queen of Apostles

17 March 2019

Happy feast of Saint Patrick! On this day, ten years ago, the team of Christopher Inn International gathered for Mass and to consecrate the apostolate to Mary, Queen of Apostles.

Just the day prior, Pope Benedict XVI had announced that the Church would celebrate a Year for Priests.

Today, members of the team of CI International will pray the consecration prayer anew and ask Our Lady that the graces of the Year for Priests continue to bear fruit in the lives of every priest worldwide. Please join in praying with us if you feel so inspired:

Prayer to Mary Queen of Apostles

Immaculate Mother of God,
Queen of the Apostles,
we know that God’s commandment of love
and our vocation to follow Jesus Christ
impels us to cooperate in the mission of the Church.

Realizing our own weakness,
we entrust the renewal of our personal lives
and Christopher Inn International to your intercession.\

We are confident that through God’s mercy
and the infinite merits of Jesus Christ,
you, who are our Mother,
will obtain the strength of the Holy Spirit
as you obtained it for the community of the apostles gathered in the upper room.

Therefore, relying on your maternal intercession,
we resolve from this moment
to devote our talents, learning, material resources,
our health, sickness and trials,
and every gift of nature and grace,
for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all.

We wish to carry on those activities
which especially promote the renewal of priestly life,
and, through this renewal,
the revival of faith and love among all the people of God
and so bring all men and women
into the faith of Jesus Christ.

And if a time should come
when we have nothing more to offer serviceable to this end,
we will never cease to pray
that there will be one fold and one shepherd Jesus Christ.

In this way,
we hope to enjoy the results of the apostolate of Jesus Christ
for all eternity.
Amen.

based on a prayer by Saint Vincent Pallotti

Saint Patrick novena begins on March 8th

8 March 2019
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Saint PatrickOn Friday, March 8th, the team of The Christopher Inn International will begin a novena in honor of Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, which is celebrated each year on March 17th.

March 17, 2019 will also mark the 10th anniversary of consecrating The Christopher Inn International to Mary, Queen of Apostles.

Please consider joining us in prayer for God’s blessing on this developing apostolate at the service of Catholic bishops and priests!

If you’d like to join us, simply pray the following each day, beginning on March 8th and concluding on March 16th:

Novena to Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland

Blessed saint Patrick,
glorious Apostle of Ireland,
who didst become a friend and father to me
for ages before my birth,
hear my prayer and accept, for God,
the sentiments of gratitude and veneration
with which my heart is filled.

Through thee I have inherited that faith
which is dearer than life.

I now make thee the representative of my thanks,
and the mediator of my homage to Almighty God.

Most holy Father and patron of my homeland,
despise not my weakness;
remember that the cries of little children
were the sounds that rose,
like a mysterious voice from heaven,
and invited thee to come amongst us.

Listen, then, to my humble supplication;
may my prayer ascend to the throne of God,
with the praises and blessings
which shall ever sanctify thy name and thy memory.
May my hope be animated
by the patronage and intercession of our forefathers,
who now enjoy eternal bliss and owe their salvation,
under God, to thy courage and charity.

Obtain for me grace to love God
with my whole heart,
to serve him with my whole strength,
and to persevere in good purposes to the end,
o faithful shepherd of the Irish flock,
who wouldst have laid down a thousand lives to save one soul,
take my soul,
and the souls of my countrymen,
under thy special care.

Be a father to the Church of Ireland
and her faithful people.

Grant that all hearts may share the blessed fruits of that Gospel
thou didst plant and water.

Grant that, as our ancestors of old had learned,
under thy guidance,
to unite science with virtue,
we too, may learn, under thy patronage,
to consecrate all Christian duty to the glory of God.

I commend to thee my native land,
which was so dear to thee while on earth.
Protect it still, and, above all,
direct its chief pastors,
particularly those who teach us.

Give them grace to walk in thy footsteps,
to nurture the flock with the word of life
and the bread of salvation,
and to lead the heirs of the Saints thou hast formed
to the possession of that glory which they,
with Thee, enjoy in the kingdom of the Blessed:
through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen.

V. Pray for us, O glorious saint Patrick.
R. And obtain for our sanctity and that of all the clergy.

Chair of Saint Peter novena begins on February 14

9 February 2019
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Chair of Saint PeterOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, the team of The Christopher Inn International will begin a novena in honor of the Chair of Saint Peter, which is celebrated each year as a feast day on February 22nd.

February 22, 2019 will also mark the 19th anniversary of the incorporation of The Christopher Inn International as a non-profit organization.

Please consider joining us in prayer for God’s blessing on this developing apostolate at the service of Catholic bishops and priests!

If you’d like to join us, simply pray the following each day, beginning on February 14 and concluding on February 22:

O Holy Apostle,
because you are the rock upon which Almighty God has built His church,
obtain for me, I pray you:
firm hope and burning love;
complete detachment from myself;
contempt of the world;
patience in adversity;
humility in prosperity;
recollection in prayer;
purity of heart;
a right intention in all my works;
diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life;
constancy in my resolutions;
resignation to the will of God; and
perseverance in the grace of God even unto death;
that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits,
I may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal shepherd of souls,
Jesus Christ,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns forever.
Amen.

February 22, 2019 is the 19th anniversary of CI International

1 February 2019
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February 22nd is the date on which the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. This year, it also marks the 19th anniversary of the incorporation of The Christopher Inn International as a non-profit organization.

In the audio clip below, foundress Joan Johnson describes how Christopher Inn, Inc., received its non-profit status on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter in the Jubilee Year 2000.

10th Global Rosary Relay for priests on June 28

21 January 2019
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From the organizers of WorldPriestDay:

The annual Global Rosary Relay for the sanctification of priests on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 28 June 2019 when we encircle the world in prayer once again, in this its tenth year, with more shrines than ever taking part in what is now recognised as a truly significant and powerful devotional initiative within the Catholic Church to recognise and bless the work of priests serving the faithful the world over.

Learn more about how you can participate, and the nearest shrines/locations, by visiting the World Priest Day website.

a world at prayer for priests

1 January 2019
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In 2019, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (and the World Day of Prayer for Priests) falls on Friday, June 28.

Back in 2011, on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Vatican Radio released a story about The Christopher Inn International, a developing lay initiative at the service of Catholic bishops and priests. It was an interview with founder and director Joan Johnson, in which she described the origin of the apostolate and some of the plans for its development.

Below is the audio of the Vatican Radio interview that was broadcast back in 2011.

 

 

Since that time, Christopher Inn International has hosted two pilot programs, both in the spring of 2012. They were extremely well received by the Irish priests who participated; click here to review some of their words of encouragement. Here is a documentary about the 2012 pilot programs:

Christopher Inn International has not yet acquired property in Ireland. The properties shown on the website (christopherinn.org) are not owned by Christopher Inn, Inc., and are displayed only to demonstrate the kind of property that the organization plans to obtain. This apostolate is presently seeking to:

  • begin the process of acquiring property in Ireland
  • start an operational endowment
  • create a scholarship endowment

To learn more about Joan and the team of CI International, visit the About Us page.

CI Online

25 March 2015
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In order to foster the life and ministry of Catholic clergy, the team of The Christopher Inn International will offer an online resource for priests and bishops: CI Online. Please God, one day soon this resource will be up and running at the service of clergy everywhere.

Here is a broad overview of our plans for CI Online:

CI Online is envisioned as a web-based resource dedicated to assisting priests in continuing the “fiat” to God that is at the heart of their vocation. Catholic clergy worldwide will be able to use CI Online to communicate with each other, share knowledge and advice related to pastoral concerns, support one another in priestly ministry, and engage in ongoing personal formation.

CI Online will avoid entering into the fray of theological and ecclesiastical disputes because it is envisioned as a site which should lift the spirits of all priests. The site will endeavor to present the Church in its teachings, sacraments, and charity as that “pearl of great price” which is a great gift of God to the world. CI Online, while addressing the difficulties and challenges priests sometimes face, will seek to convey the honor and privilege all priests share in their role as “other Christs.”

CI Online has as its target audience Catholic bishops and priests, and access to the site will be limited to Catholic clergy. The website will take full advantage of technologies emerging within the Internet. Content will be well-organized and frequently updated.

CI Online takes its cue from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which has released several letters over the past fifteen years on putting the Internet to use for the service of the Church and the new evangelization: Church and Internet and Ethics in Internet, to name only two. Pope Saint John Paul II also dedicated his 2002 message for World Communications Day to the following topic: Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have followed in his footsteps.

We believe that CI Online will help to extend the priest’s formation experience when he returns to his place of ministry, and that other priests who have not had the chance to visit The Christopher Inn International will nonetheless benefit via the resources provided online. The site will serve as a model of virtual community at the service of real community.

Participating in the generosity of God

4 August 2014
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Life is sustained by generosity: first, God’s with us, and then, ours with Him and with others. In this sense, the priesthood of Jesus Christ is a vital conduit of life, as it makes both dimensions of generosity present in the world.

Thank you for your generous support of The Christopher Inn International, in whatever way you feel inspired to give: prayer, spreading the word, or a financial gift. May it inspire and sustain the generosity of the Church’s priests, for the glory of God and the life of the world.

Visit our How to Help page to learn more about how you can support the work of The Christopher Inn International.

Congratulations to the new bishop of Limerick

10 January 2013
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On January 10, Pope Benedict XVI appointed a new bishop for the Diocese of Limerick, Reverend Brendan Leahy. Our prayers and best wishes go out to the bishop-elect!

You can read Fr. Leahy’s statement regarding the appointment here.

Birth of a mission

21 June 2012
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On the feast of Corpus Christi, we released our third video:

The Christopher Inn International in Ireland has conducted its pilot programs, the first for Irish priests. Here is the foundress, Joan Johnson, and the presenter of the programs, Father Vincent Twomey, SVD, talking about the origins of The Christopher Inn International, the experience of the first two programs, and where the apostolate goes from here.

The first Priestly Renewal Program: a resounding success

16 March 2012
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From Sunday, March 4, through Tuesday, March 6, 2012, a small group of Irish priests gathered at the Adare Manor in County Limerick for the first Priestly Renewal Program conducted by The Christopher Inn International. These priests were sponsored by Catholics in the U.S. as a gift of gratitude for the ministry of Irish clergy in the U.S. throughout the centuries.

The program gave priests an opportunity to come together for prayer (Liturgy of the Hours, Benediction, and Mass), study, and priestly fraternity, all in a very beautiful setting. The topic of the seminar was a recently-released document from the Congregation for the Clergy entitled The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy. Fr. D Vincent Twomey, SVD, facilitated the seminar.

At the end of the final session, the priests commented on their experience at The Christopher Inn International and shared their thoughts with the team:

“There’s no ideology, just generosity.”

“This was superb! Absolutely superb!”

“How wonderful that there is a family at the heart of this. It is like a home, not an institution.”

“It was a wonderful couple of days spent in fraternity…. For me as a priest our few days spent together was a time of reflection, rest and fraternity… something I think all priests need from time to time.”

Again and again, the priests thanked the team and asked us to thank those who sponsored them. One priest later summarized in an email what they all shared with us:

Renewed thanks to yourself, your family and benefactors for our wonderful time together at Adare. Please be assured that your very good self, your family and all benefactors are remembered in my prayers and Masses. I believe the work the Lord has entrusted to you is very necessary.

Another priest wrote:

I wish to thank you sincerely and all connected with the Christopher Inn movement for giving me the opportunity to spend three days in Adare Manor. It was a truly memorable experience. What struck me was how much the whole operation is inspired by the faith and generosity of so many faithful Catholics in the U.S. May the Lord continue to shower his choicest blessings on all involved in this inspiring project.

It was exciting for the team of CI International to hear the priests confirm so many details of this apostolate’s mission and vision.

To all of our benefactors, who have supported our apostolate with prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions: Thank you for responding to Our Lord’s call to support our priests in such a generous manner.

Vatican Radio interview with CI International

1 July 2011
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Today, on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the World Day of Prayer for Priests, Vatican Radio released a story about The Christopher Inn International. It’s an interview with founder and director Joan Johnson.

Friday, July 1st, 2011 marks the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – a feast that since 2002 has also been the World Day of Prayer for Priests. The founder and president of the Christopher Inn International, Joan Johnson was recently in Rome to present the CI International project, which is for a completely lay-funded and operated house of retreat and ongoing formation for Catholic clergy from throughout the world. Chris Altieri asked Joan to share her thoughts about why it is important for laity to support priests with prayer.

 

To learn more about Joan and the team of CI International, visit the About Us page.

Wondering how you can help support the mission of CI International?
Visit our How to Help page.

Celebrating the close of the Year for Priests

13 June 2010
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Joan Johnson, foundress and president of the Christopher Inn International, and David Johnson, director of media, went on pilgrimage to Rome this past week as the Year for Priests drew to a close.

click the image to view slideshow

On Friday, June 11, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, they were able to pray alongside other lay faithful at the closing Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, at which Pope Benedict XVI presided. During the homily, the Pope spoke of the priest as a gift of the heart of Christ, a gift for the Church and the world.

An estimated 15,000 priests were in attendance for this Eucharistic celebration.

Fundraising site launches during the Year for Priests

14 September 2009
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Today, on the feast of the Triumph of the Cross during the Year for Priests, Christopher Inn International launched christopherinn.org, a website designed to provide information about the mission and vision of CI International.

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