In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Mt. 9:37-38).
This Scripture passage is often quoted as a reminder for us to pray for priests. Priests are vital to the Church’s life. Without priests, we would not have the Mass. Without priests, we would not have the Eucharist. Without priests, we would not have the Sacrament of Reconciliation — and so on. Priests are necessary for the Church to function as Christ intended, and yet throughout the world, there is always a need for good, holy priests.
In response to Christ’s directive, the Daisy Movement was born in 1981. Under the patronage of Mary, Mother of the Church, this ministry serves to pray for priests on a daily basis. Yet, it’s not just more priests for which the movement’s members are praying. They pray quite fervently for those priests who have answered Christ’s call — that they be holy and protected as they live what is undoubtedly a challenging vocation.
“We do not realize how much our priests have to deal with,” says Alicja Sulczynski, coordinator of our parish’s arm of the Daisy Movement. “We need to make sure they are covered in prayer. That was one of Mother Mary’s main messages in many of her apparitions — she told us to pray for priests, pray for priests, pray for priests.”
Alicja got involved in the Daisy Movement many years ago when she was living in a different state and belonged to a different parish, and she witnessed the incredible power of the prayer. So when Alicja joined St. Elizabeth Ann Seton back in 2018, she brought the ministry to our parish.
“I remember I saw one particular priest who was in a difficult situation with his health, and I thought, ‘We should pray for him,’” Alicja says.
So, she set about orchestrating the first Daisy Movement here. Today, we have eight Daisies covering seven priests. What does
When the group feels drawn to pray for a particular priest, that priest is assigned a “Daisy” — the simple flower has seven petals. Each petal represents a day of the week. Each day, one person is assigned to pray for that priest. So, the priest is being prayed for by name every day of the week.
Members of the Daisy Movement assigned to one particular Daisy are then given a card that spells out what day they are assigned to pray, as well as informing them of others who are praying for that priest throughout the week. The card also includes particular prayers to pray. In turn, as a priest is assigned a Daisy, Alicja compiles a bit of personal information about the priest — his birthday, his patron saint’s feast day, the day of his ordination anniversary — so that prayers are offered up in a particularly special way for him on those days.
It is a simple, yet incredibly profound ministry and its impact is surely felt by the priests as they carry out their blessed vocation. May we all recognize the gift that the priesthood is to us and commit ourselves to offer all of our priests to God in prayer.
“The more we have praying, the better,” Alicja says.
Join the movement today!
If you would like to join the Daisy Movement, contact Alicja Sulczynski at 408-921-2502.