Servant of God Frank Parater Novena Information

Image Designed by Fr. Anthony Ferguson, Diocese of Richmond, castingoutfear.org and Twitter @FatherFerg

The Diocese of Richmond will be praying a novena January 30-February 7, 2022 asking Servant of God Frank Parater–a seminarian of the diocese who died in 1920 whose cause for beatification is open–to intercede before the Throne of God requesting an abundance of holy vocations to the priesthood and his beatification. All dioceses are in need of priestly vocations, so I wanted to share this project with those who are interested.

Fr. Anthony Ferguson of the Diocese of Richmond has created a prayer card featuring Frank Parater that has the intercessory prayer approved by our late bishop that we will be praying each day for 9 days beginning on Sunday, January 30, 2022 and ending on Monday, February 7, 2022, which is the anniversary of Frank’s death. Our parish will end with a holy hour for vocations, which is open to everyone in the area at 6:30 pm and we encourage other parishes to offer holy hours for priestly vocations as well.

If you reach out to me through the Contact form, I’d be happy to email you the PDFs of both the prayer card and the pamphlet for the novena, which you can then have printed for your parish. We ask that the information on the prayer card and pamphlet stay as is. Unlike the 54-Day Rosary Novena for Priests last June-August, we want this novena tied to our diocese because any spiritual favors granted through Frank’s intercession should be reported to the diocese in order to help advance his cause for beatification. Your parish can obviously pray for vocations to the priesthood through Frank’s intercession in your own diocese and the universal Church.

I will post any articles I have written for this project as they publish in the next two weeks. You can also find out more about Frank’s life at https://richmonddiocese.org/office/francis-j-prater/

May God in His infinite love and mercy raise up an abundance of holy vocations to the priesthood to guide the Church in these dark days.

Frank Parater Intercessory Prayer

Loving Father, your servant Frank Parater sought perfection as a student, scout and seminarian. He offered himself to you completely through the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Through his intercession, may young people answer your call to follow Jesus as priests, deacons and religious.

Grant, as well, the favors I seek, so that your Church will recognize his holiness and proclaim him Blessed.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Imprimatur Bishop Walter Sullivan, February 7, 2002

Frank Parater, ora pro nobis.

Catholic Exchange: Servant of God Frank Parater’s Burning Love for Souls

Servant of God Frank Parater was a seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond whose cause for beatification was opened in October 2001. He desired to lay down his life for Christ as a priest. He burned with an intense love for souls and wanted to see souls converted to Christ and His Church. In a time when fewer and fewer men are answering the call to become priests, Frank is an example and an intercessor to turn to for holy vocations to the priesthood.

Francis “Frank” Joseph Parater was born on October 10, 1897 into a devout Catholic family in Richmond, Virginia. His father was Captain Francis Joseph Parater, Sr. and his mother was Mary Raymond, who was Francis Senior’s second wife. Frank was baptized at Saint Patrick’s Church on Church Hill in Richmond.

Frank’s father cared for the garden at the Monastery of the Visitation near their home, which allowed Frank to walk to daily Mass and serve as an altar boy until he left for college. He attended Xaverian Brother’s School and Benedictine High School. He graduated in 1917 as valedictorian. He was active in Boys Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

In 1917, Frank began studies for the religious priesthood at Belmont Abbey Seminary in North Carolina. His desire was: “To strive by every possible means to become a pure and worthy priest, an alterus Christus [sic].” He fostered a life of prayer through devotion to Our Blessed Mother in the Rosary and the Memorare. He frequented the Sacraments, especially daily reception of Holy Communion and weekly Confession.

While at Belmont, Frank decided to become a diocesan priest in the Diocese of Richmond in order to serve his native state of Virginia instead of pursuing monastic life. He saw the great need for priests and wanted to help grow the Catholic Church in Virginia. He believed that there is no greater gift he can give to others than Jesus Christ. He wanted to live the evangelical zeal the Church is called to by Our Lord in the Great Commission.

In the fall of 1919, He was sent to study at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was happy in his studies and fostered many relationships with fellow seminarians. His spiritual life continued to deepen. In December he wrote an Act of Oblation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, while he was in perfect health. He did not show it to anyone.

He consecrated His entire life to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the will of God. He knew that “the Sacred Heart never fails those that love Him.” His life belonged completely to Jesus and he wanted to be used to save souls. The only life worth living is one surrendered entirely to Christ for the salvation of souls.

From an early age, Frank wanted to give his life even to the point of death to God for the sake of others. Such was the immensity of His love for souls. He wrote in his Act of Oblation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: “I have offered everything I have—everything—for the conversion of non-Catholics in Virginia. This is what I live for, and, should I die, what I die for.” As a seminarian he knew that the calling of a priest is to give himself away to Christ for the salvation of souls. The more a priest dies to self, the more souls Christ saves through him. Frank wanted to live this sacrifice.

In the end, Frank gave his life as an oblation for the people of Virginia and the Diocese of Richmond. He died at 22-years-old from rheumatic fever on February 7, 1920, two short months after composing his Act of Oblation. Even though he was unable to be ordained a priest before his death, he lived the priestly sacrifice through his suffering in union with Christ Crucified for souls.

He knew that in death he would be able to serve the Church to an even greater degree as an intercessor before the Throne of God. He wrote: “I shall be of more use to my diocese in Heaven than I could ever be on earth.” May he intercede for the Church in asking Our Lord to raise up an abundance of holy vocations to the priesthood and one day be counted among the Blessed.

Frank Parater Act of Oblation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“To be read only in the event of my death at Rome.
I have nothing to leave or to give away save my life, and I have already consecrated it to the Sacred Heart to dispose of it as He wills. I have offered everything I have – everything – for the conversion of the non-Catholics of Virginia. This is what I live for, and, should I die, what I die for.
Death does not sadden me; rather it is the most welcome, the most beautiful event of life. Death is God’s messenger who comes to tell us that our noviceship is over and to welcome us to the true life.
I do not write this out of melancholy or morbid sentimentality – for I love my life here, I love the College, the men, and Rome itself. But I have longed to die and be buried close to the saints. I dare not ask God to take me to Himself for fear of appearing so ungrateful for the gift of life or as if I wanted to avoid the graver responsibilities of living. At any rate, perhaps never again will I have less to answer for, perhaps never will I be more ready to meet my Creator, my God and my All.
Since I was a child I have wanted to die for the love of God and for my fellowman. I do not know whether I shall ever receive such a grace; but if I do live, it will be for the same end. Every act of my life here is offered for God, that the Church may spread and prosper in Virginia. I have always desired to be only a little child, that I might enter the kingdom of God. When the day of resurrection comes, I want to remain as a child and that it be allowed to me to follow St. John Berchmans, St. Aloysius and St. Stanislaus as their servant and friend. Do we serve God less worthily in Heaven by prayer than we do on earth by our activity? No, surely it is not selfish to want to be with Him Who has loved us so much.
And there I will not be leaving those who are dear to me; I will always be close to them, and I will be able to help them much more that I could here on earth. I shall be able to be of more use to my diocese in Heaven than I could ever be on earth.
If it is God’s holy will, I shall go back to Him on Good Friday 1920, and I shall never leave Him again. But not my will, Father, but Thine be done!
Rome, December 5, 1919.”

Frank Parater, ora pro nobis.

This article originally appeared at Catholic Exchange.

Servant of God Frank Parater Novena for Holy Vocations to the Priesthood Jan. 30-Feb 7, 2022

The materials for the next novena for priests project will be posted soon. This time we will be praying for an increase in holy vocations to the priesthood through the intercession of Servant of God, Frank Parater, who was a seminarian of my diocese (Diocese of Richmond) who died at 22-years-old. He wanted to give his entire life to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the conversion of souls. We need holy men to be raised up who will answer the call to become priests on fire with the love of the Most Sacred Heart and souls. If you would like the materials for this novena to be used in your parish or diocese please contact me and I will send them to you. The materials are tied to the Diocese of Richmond because we are also praying for Frank’s beatification and we want anyone who receives a favor from Frank’s intercession to report it to the diocese. God bless.

Frank Parater, ora pro nobis.

Holy Hour for Priests on August 4th–St. John Vianney’s Memorial–End of 54-Day Rosary Novena

Yesterday I wrote at Catholic Exchange on how “Eucharistic Adoration Will Save the World.” To that end, I’d like to invite you, dear brother or sister in Christ, to consider asking your priest(s) to offer a Holy Hour for the Sanctification of Priests on the Memorial of St. John Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests, which is August 4th and invite your parish to attend. This is how we will be ending our 54-Day Rosary Novena for Priests, but it is also something that, through Our Lady’s prompting, led me to request this Holy Hour every year starting last year in my parish. If Eucharistic Adoration will save the world, we must come before Our Lord’s Real Presence with, and on behalf, of our spiritual fathers so the priesthood can be renewed, strengthened, sanctified, and to offer reparations for their sins to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am in the process of writing materials for this year’s Holy Hour. Feel free to email me at constance.t.hull81@gmail.com if you would like those materials when I am done writing them in the next week.

For our Holy Hour we pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy, which are led by our priests. We have a few minutes of silent adoration and then intercessory prayers for the priesthood. We end the hour with Benediction. We are on the East Coast and our Holy Hour will be from 6-7:10 pm (Benediction begins at 7 pm) in case you want to see about having a Holy Hour at the same time if you are in our time zone. How wonderful it would be to all be praying before Our Eucharistic Lord at the same time! The same would be true of other time zones praying together. Otherwise anytime on that day is perfect for a Holy Hour for our priests. May God renew His priests through His Eucharistic Heart burning with love for them and us.

54-Day Rosary Novena for Our Priests Started Today

Today we kicked off the 54-Day Rosary Novena for Our Priests in our area. There are parishes from at least 10 dioceses in the U.S. also joining us. Please join us! You can start praying at any point in the novena even if you find this post on the last day. Pray for our priests! The spiritual adoption of priests using Fr. Anthony’s beautiful image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and St. Joseph’s Chaste Heart can start at any point. Priests are always in need of prayers. Contact me for the PDF of the prayer card that can be formatted and sent to a printer. The novena brochure can be accessed here and you are welcome to print however many you need for your parish. I do have some extra already printed prayer cards. Not enough to equip an entire parish, but if you’d like me to send you some, please contact me and I will mail them out to you. I still have some priests from our diocese to adopt as well if you want to adopt a priest from my diocese on top of your own priest. Also, consider seeing if your priest would be willing to the lead the Rosary for members of your community like we did today and pray the Rosary for that day of the novena. Thank you very much for your prayers for our priests! May Our Lord unleash abundant graces upon our priests through the Immaculate Heart of Mary through this novena. God bless.

Spiritual Adoption of Priests Starts This Weekend

Over 1200 brochures and prayer cards are going out to 5 parishes in my area this weekend—Corpus Christi!!!—that call for prayer for priests through spiritual adoption. The 54-Day Novena begins next Saturday, June 12. Parishes in 8 dioceses are looking at starting this spiritual adoption and novena campaign. All glory to God! This project belongs to Our Mother. Contact me if you would like the PDFs—including Fr. Anthony’s beautiful prayer card—to get this going in your area. Please pray daily for our priests!
Artist: Fr. Anthony Ferguson, Diocese of Richmond, http://www.castingoutfear.org, Twitter @FatherFerg Instagram @frfergart

54-Day Rosary Novena for Our Priests

This year there are exactly 54 days between the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Memorial of St. John Vianney. With everything that has been facing the priesthood and the need for renewal, now is the time to pray a 54-Day Rosary Novena for our priests. My area will be doing a spiritual adoption of each priest in our diocese and the novena. If your parish is interested in using the prayer card my parochial vicar created, please contact me at constance.t.hull81@gmail.com. The spiritual adoption of your parish priest or the priests of the diocese can be done at any point during the novena or at a later time. Fr. Anthony has graciously agreed for his artwork to be used freely wherever it is needed with attribution. All you need to do is format the prayer card document and send the prayer card to your local printer or print it in your parish. I also have a tri-fold brochure in PDF that I can email to folks to print as well that you are welcome to use. All of it is free of charge. We just want people to pray for priests! God bless you. I hope you will join us in this novena. Here is the novena information in a web format:

54-Day Rosary Novena for Our Priests

“The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer the Sacraments to himself; He is a priest for you.”

St. John Vianney

NOVENA SCHEDULE
27 Days of Petition
June 12-July 9
27 Days of Thanksgiving
July 10-August 4

The 54-Day Rosary Novena is six novenas prayed in a row for the same prayer intentions. The first half of the novena focuses on three novenas in petition to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The second half of the novena is an offering of three novenas in thanksgiving for God hearing our prayers. The novena follows a set schedule of praying the Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, and Glorious Mysteries. The Luminous Mysteries are not prayed for a 54-day novena, so this novena does not follow the usual days of the Rosary. We will begin with the Joyful Mysteries on June 12th, the next day Sorrowful, next day Glorious, then repeat.

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Fr. Anthony Ferguson, Parochial Vicar, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke, VA in the Diocese of Richmond custom designed this image for the spiritual adoption of our priests and for our novena. The four crosses in each corner are a reference to the altar where Our Lord is offered by the priest in His Eucharistic Sacrifice. The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is pierced for love of us, pouring out His blood for our salvation into the chalice of the New Covenant. The fire of His love burns and illuminates the entire image and inflames the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Pure Heart of St. Joseph. The Immaculate Heart of Mary points to Her as the Mother and Queen of priests who is pierced in union with Her Son and for her priest-sons. St. Joseph’s Chaste Heart in this Year of St. Joseph represents his spiritual fatherhood in the life of the priest and the priest’s call to defend Holy Mother Church. The Latin on the chalice is taken from Revelation 21:5 “Behold, I make all things new.” The Latin on the bottom is from Psalm 110:4, which is used at ordination Masses: “You are a priest forever.” The sword piercing Our Lady and St. Joseph’s lily are pointing in the same direction as Our Lord’s Most Precious Blood flowing into the chalice. Our salvation is through Him alone.

Novena Intentions

For our bishop, priests, seminarians, and an increase in holy vocations to the priesthood in our diocese.

  • To be completely Eucharistic. Seeking their identity in Him alone.
  • To be men of deep prayer and intimate union with the Most Holy Trinity.
  • To seek the Father for themselves and for others.
  • To be filled with a zeal for the evangelization of souls.To be alone with Mary, close to her heart, with her in prayer, and to live as her beloved sons. 
  • To celebrate the Mass with great love, devotion, and reverence, and to live the Mass in their daily ministry
  • To consecrate every moment of the day to Our Lady through the Liturgy of the Hours. 
  • To enter the conversation of the Rosary daily.
  • To become true spiritual fathers through the intercession of Mary and St. Joseph.
  • To be men who are crucified with Christ for the salvation of souls.
  • To walk the Way of the Cross in their daily lives in union with Christ and Our Sorrowful Mother.
  • To seek the path to holiness no matter the cost.
  • To be bold and clear preachers of God’s Word and authentic doctrine.
  • To be men of close fraternal communion with one another.
  • To build up, defend, and protect families and the Mystical Body of Christ.

Spiritual Communion

*To be said after the completion of the Rosary each day.

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Amen.

**You do not have to pray two Rosaries per day to complete this novena, although you may. You can unite all of your other daily Rosary intentions to this novena.

Thank you for praying for our priests! Please pray for them daily.


St. John Vianney, ora pro nobis.

Calling Catholic Men to Reclaim Their Masculinity in an Age of Hostility

We live in an age of hostility towards men within our culture and within the Church. After years of discussions with my husband and my guy friends it’s become clear that men don’t think they’re being engaged by the Church. Too often the Church has embraced the erroneous teachings of radical feminism as opposed to the gift of a true Christian anthropology.

This has led to disengagement on the part of men who are tired of being shoved off to the side or who have been taught to sit down and be quiet. Now is the time for men to engage in the spiritual battle raging around us with St. Joseph as a guide and through the support of women who are not interested in power struggles or hostile forms of feminism. We need priests who call men to lead and who lead themselves. Husbands, fathers, brothers, friends, and priests are needed to lead the spiritual fight we find ourselves in during these dark days.

After many discussions with men around me and as I have tried to behind the scenes to encourage the men in my life–my husband, priests, and brothers in Christ–I decided to tackle this topic in some videos and in my writing. Here’s my latest video on the subject:

Embrace the Year of St. Joseph


The time of St. Joseph is now! He is the saint and spiritual father we need to call men to authentic masculinity in a time when men are constantly denigrated by our culture. In this video I talk about how St. Joseph has impacted my husband and me and how men in the pews and our priests need St. Joseph.

Lenten Rosary of Reparations for the Sins of Priests on Instagram

Join my daughter and me for our live Rosary for Priests on Thursday evenings during Lent at 7:30 pm Eastern Time. We will be offering a Rosary of reparation for the sins of priests through the Sorrowful Mysteries. Come discover the tremendous power of acts of reparation as we pray with Our Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother in union with Christ the Eternal High Priest for a truly holy priesthood. You can find me on Instagram @constancethull.