The St. Josephs Young Priests Society has been running strong since 1895, with the twin objectives of fostering and supporting the vocation of priesthood and to promote the vocation of the laity.


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Eileen Good met up with Marie Hogan, the National President of the society, and began by asking her how the St. Josephs Young Priests Society was named by their founder Mrs Olivia Taaffe.

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St Joseph’s Young Priests Society exists to help student clerics on their journey to priesthood. The Society fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It assists students for the priesthood both financially and by prayer. It promotes the vocation of the laity and fosters a greater understanding and love of the Mass.

The Society holds prayer meetings for the vocations, and arranges pilgrimages, eucharistic adoration, vigils, seminars and retreats so that its members may give witness of Christian living.

The Society works through a branch group formed in the parish with the approval of the parish priest. Each branch meets monthly to pray and to organise the Society’s activities in it’s community.

The Society is important as we need priests to celebrate the Sacraments. There is a shortage of priests, and we must look to the future of our children and grandchildren. We have the responsibility to hand on the Faith – to hand on a love and understanding of the Eucharist.

The Society helps all students for the priesthood from any diocese in Ireland who are recommended by a Board of priests appointed by the four Archbishops of Ireland. We also help students where the need exists worldwide. The Society helps seminarians both spiritually and financially.

The work of the Society is so important as we need priests and religion. The task of fostering vocations depends on the whole Christian community. By being involved in St Joseph’s Young Priests Society we can help in this important work and we can also support our priests.

How can I help the work of the Society?
  • By joining your local branch.
  • By Praying daily for vocations
  • By sending a donation towards the education of seminarians to :
St. Josephs Young Priests Society
23 Merrion Square North,
Dublin 2,
Phone: Dublin 6762593
Fax: Dublin 6762549

Other sites to visit:

Vocations page on