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Why Priests Are Happy

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In his groundbreaking study, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, the leading American authority on the Catholic priesthood and former director of the Saint Luke Institute, finds that American priests enjoy an extraordinarily high rate of happiness and satisfaction, among the highest of any profession. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a psychologist, professor of pastoral studies, and the ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Ave Maria Press
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Andrew Doohan
Drawing on information gain through two in-depth surveys of diocesan and religious priests from across the United States (in 2004 and 2009) Why Priests are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests by Stephen J. Rossetti provides an interesting insight into the contemporary priesthood – at least in the United States.

Much of the value that comes from this book is based on the reality of Rossetti’s insights and conclusions being based on a thoroughly processed statistical
Feb 17, 2016 Ambrose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fr. Rossetti does a lot in this text to break down a lot of common, modern misconceptions about the priesthood. It opens a psychological and sociological window into the life of celibacy and devotion to God. There is a lot of information here that I found very helpful.

On the other hand, the text does not deeply engage the question: why are priests happy? It provides some clues by connecting happiness to several habits and attitudes, but doesn't connect those in an underlying theology or spiritua
Kevin Wojciechowski
This was a great book that analyzed the studies which have empirically shown that, on the whole, priests tend to be among the most joyful people in our world despite what the stereotypes would lead some people to believe. It made me realize how thankful I am for the many joyful priests in my life (Fr. Jose, Fr. Andy Booms, Fr. Eddie, Fr. Andy C, and Bishop Cistone to name just a few.)
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