My Greatest Joy as a Priest: Hearing Confessions

The Confessional can feel like a daunting place! But be not afraid of this instrument of mercy— it is one of the priest’s greatest tasks, and one of God’s greatest gifts to us!

To kick off this two-part series, Fr. Mark-Mary shares his joy about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, what it means to him as a priest, and its role as a gift to the penitent.

pocket guide to confession

Want to know the secrets to a powerful confession?

The Pocket Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful, prayerful book by Fr. Mike Schmitz & Fr. Josh Johnson which helps Catholics enter into the Sacrament of Reconciliation more deeply. 

Meet Fr. Mark-Mary

Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.

The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.

Discover beautiful music from the CFRs and Fr. Mark-Mary’s book Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Spiritual Progressboth available from Ascension.