Sophia Institute Press, 229 pages
To say that the Catholic Church and her priesthood are in crisis is a vast understatement. Some priests and bishops have failed us miserably, Kevin Wells is quick to point out, and others just go through the motions. Yet a renewal of the priesthood is precisely what will renew the Church as a whole, he proposes. Through engrossing discussions of exemplary priests he has known or interviewed, Wells proposes that priests who give themselves over to what they are meant to exemplify — virtues like holiness, self-sacrifice, availability, and spiritual fatherhood — will help transform our clergy and lay faithful more closely into the Church that Christ wills us to become.