World Priest Day/Priesthood Sunday

On this page, you will find two resources to celebrate this annual day:

WORLD PRIEST DAY (WPD) has been sponsored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter since the year 2000 and is celebrated on the last Sunday in October.  The mission and purpose of World Priest Day is to celebrate and affirm the men who commit their lives to the Lord and the Church through priesthood. It focuses on honoring priests and it is designed to be a celebration to rejoice in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Catholic organizations across the country like the Knights of Columbus, National Council of Catholic Women, Serra Club and other Catholic Lay Ministries join in affirming our priests by celebrating this annual event on this day or during the week preceding or following it.

Please consider honoring the priests in your parish on World Priest Day.  For more resources on how to celebrate this special day, go to

PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY is a day to  pray for our priests, in praising God for their courage and their generosity.  A simple note, a smile or a phone call to assure him of your loving care and gratitude for his presence in the life of your local church will go a long way to serve the greater good of our wonderful and growing Catholic Church.

Go to to find lots of ideas for celebrating this annual event.  On this page you will find lessons for Religious Education programs, templates for Priesthood Sunday “thank you” cards, and ideas from parishes and dioceses across the country.