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World Priest Day

World Priest Day (WPD) is a celebration & affirmation of the men who commit their lives to the Lord and the Church via the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It is an opportunity for Catholic parishioners to thank, affirm and share their love and support for our priests.

Each year, Worldwide Marriage Encounter sponsors World Priest Day on the last Sunday in October. World Priest Day focuses on celebrating the ongoing affirmation of priests as well as the relationships between couples and priests. It is a day, or several days, to rejoice in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On this day, or during the week preceding or following it, Encountered couples in local communities across the country are encouraged to develop one or several experiences to affirm all priests (Encountered or not).

The “Starter Kit” is available on the WPD website. This “Starter Kit” suggests ways for a couple and a community to reach out to priests. Don’t limit yourself to what is contained in the kit. This is only a beginning of what can happen.

A brief history...
The first World Priest Day was celebrated on the third Sunday in September 2000. The event grew from an idea in September of 1998, when the Worldwide Marriage Encounter community in the Diocese of Knoxville, TN decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the diocese by honoring all of their priests. The bishop & priest were so appreciative that the leaders of the local WWME community shared the idea with the leaders of other communities in the Southeastern U.S. Some of those communities adopted the idea in 1999, and had such a positive experience that they brought the idea to the US Secretariat leadership board.

One year later, Worldwide Marriage Encounter officially established the third Sunday of September as World Priest Day. During the thirty-five years that Marriage Encounter has existed in the U.S., one of its gifts has been the wonderful relationships that have grown between countless couples and priests. This idea for honoring our priests came from the love and respect that has grown from those relationships. It predated the recent Church scandals, but we believe that building stronger relationships between priests and their people can rebuild our Church! We are together on our faith journey.

In 2003 WWME reached out to the full Church and invited other lay groups to join in the celebration of affirming the men who faithfully serve as our beloved priests

Upcoming 2017 Weekends

Apr 21-23, Venice
May 5- 7 Tampa
Details and other Weekends

For general questions about World Wide Marriage Encounter of Tampa Bay contact Area Coordinators
Pat and Valerie Burns
For weekend application information call Pat & Debbie Powers 813-270-7832  Or contact them by email
For a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend outside the Tampa Bay area: Visit the WWME National Site

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