Should Priests Wear their Collars?

by Steve Ray on July 8, 2007

Msgr. Dolan always wears his clerical collar. In fact, when he was interviewed by CBC Television’s Evan Solomon last year during the height of "The Da Vinci Code" movie controversy, he showed his empty closet, bare except for a few black shirts and slacks off the sparely furnished bedroom bed at his residence in Montreal.

He said the clerical garb signals to others, "I exist for you. How can I serve you?"

"It pays to advertise," he said, smiling. He often has people coming up to him, asking for prayer. He now makes a practice of going to the train station or the airport at least an hour early so people can approach them. "If priests are invisible, that shuts down," he said.

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Fride sm.jpgOur priest, Fr. Ed Fride of Christ the King in Ann Arbor MI (picture to right), tells this story which he vows is true. While wearing his collar (which he always does) in a restaurant he began to eat his peas. He heard God's inner voice saying, "Eat your carrots first!" He set down his peas and ate the carrots.

Instantly a woman at a nearby table burst into tears. He got up and went to her. "Can I assist you in any way?" She responded, "You already did; you ate your carrots first."

"Yes," he said "I did." She responded, "I had decided this would be my last meal. I was going to kill myself today. But since you were their with your collar I gave God one more chance. I told him that if He cared at all for me, to make you eat your carrots first."

She is alive today thanks to a priest who witnesses for Jesus everywhere he goes because of his priestly garb. Thanks to all the priests who are such witnesses to Jesus and his love without even saying a word.

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Peter December 7, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Dear Friends of Jesus,(Catholic Priest’s)
You are like the Master himself to the public.By wearing the collar is like for all sentient beings looking at the sacred image of the Blessed Madonna carrying Jesus.it may just be an icon but like they say the picture is worth a thousand words.
Pray for all priests.

Serena November 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

That sounds like my life — full of miracles. I assume that means the problems are all things God knows I can handle, or they would be solved by now. Maybe they are, but I can’t see it yet.

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