In Many Are Called, Dr. Scott Hahn, one of the most celebrated scholars and influential Catholic writers living today, enthusiastically encourages Catholics around the world to renew their focus on the sacred role of the Catholic priest. Using his unique ability to present deep spiritual and theological ideas in the language of everyday life, Dr. Hahn examines the biblical and historical roots of the priesthood to explain the centrality of the priest in the life of the Church. He brings reinvigorated attention to the many roles of the priest - provider, mediator, protector, teacher, judge, and more - all of which are united in the priests place as spiritual father to Gods people, and ultimately he shows that - it is through the priest, empowered by God, that the continuing presence of Jesus Christ makes itself known to our world.
Lively, insightful, and engaging, Many Are Called will serve as an inspiration to students and seminarians considering a vocation, to clergy renewing their call, to Catholic readers looking to deepen their faith, and to seekers curious about one of Catholicisms defining but least understood elements. With a foreword by the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, this is a truly special book, one that speaks to the restless heart of humanity and reveals that our pleas for a spiritual father have already been answered.
Dr. Scott W. Hahn, holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper and Reasons to Believe and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.
No one sees the beauty, the burdens, and the greatness of the priesthood more clearly than the lay faithful who find Jesus Christ through the service of their priests. So it makes perfect sense that one of the best books on the priesthood to come along in years has been written by a lay scholar. In Many Are Called, Scott Hahn offers a portrait of the priesthood that is vivid, engaging, wonderfully readable, and rich in inspiration. This is a marvelous volume for priests and laypeople alike. I highly recommend it.
- Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M, Cap, Archbishop of Denver
"Scott Hahn brings insight, wisdom, and his own unique pastoral experience to this celebration of the priesthood in the Catholic Church. Give it to a priest you know. But get one for yourself, too."
- George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
"In this age of information, its dangerously easy to become so inundated by images and opinions that we lose track of what it means to be a husband or a father, priest or laity. How do we begin over again to rediscover the essence of what it is God has called us to be? Dr. Hahri s concise yet personal examination of `the glory of the priesthood is a timely and trustworthy place to begin."
- Marcus Grodi, TV host, The Journey Home
"Many Are Called will deepen the readers appreciation of the mystery of the priesthood, and provide special insight into the priest as `another Christ, as one who offers sacrifice, and as father."
- Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat
"In Many Are Called, Scott Hahn unveils the grandeur of the holy mystery of holy orders, showing us its deeper meanings and higher calling and. reminding us of how precious this `treasure in earthen vessels is to the Church, how precious priests are in Gods eyes. I am convinced that this powerful scriptural meditation on the nature, meaning, and role of the priesthood will spiritually enrich anyone who reads it with a prayerful heart."
- Patrick Madrid, director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College and author of Does the Bible Really Say That? and Search and Rescue