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International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!

St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest our for a beer.

St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest our for a beer.

Did you know that this coming Monday, September 9, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day? On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest out for a beer.

Okay, if you’re getting suspicious by now, there’s a good reason. Buy a Priest a Beer Day is not a real holiday. But I would argue that it should be!

Believe it or not, priests are real people, and they enjoy socializing over good food and drink as much as anyone. They also have a thankless and difficult job, a job that we couldn’t get to heaven without. Priests are the lifeblood of the Church, and they deserve some appreciation.

So with that in mind, I would challenge you to do something concrete to show appreciation to your priest in the month ahead. Yes, it could be taking him out for a beer, or it could be inviting him over to share dinner with your family. Be creative if you want, but give back to your priest somehow, and let him know that his ministry is making a difference.

Of course, your priest may be insanely busy and unable to schedule a time for a lengthier visit. That’s okay. You could offer a rosary or a holy hour for him and his intentions (or better yet, more than one), and let him know that you are regularly praying for him. At the very least, express to him your gratitude, in person or via a note, for his faithful ministry and his answering God’s call to the priesthood.

I fully expect there to be a lot of happy, encouraged priests by the end of the month. If you want to participate, leave a comment saying, “I’m in!” Ready, set, go.

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110 thoughts on “International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!

    • Well, Denmark = Mikkeller in my world, and Mikkeller SF is only a few blocks away, so I’ll buy a priest a beer for ya! :~)

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  5. Haha, I am definitely going to bring a fine strong beer to my parish meeting tomorrow night. If there is anyone in this world who deserves a free beer it is our Priest!

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  7. A little Latin lesson here: Though the word “beer” comes to English from Germanic roots, it does happen to be the 1st person singular present passive subjunctive of the verb beo, beare. How about that! Gaudeamus, igitur.

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