The apostolate of Maria Regina Cleri

There can be no more fruitful investment in the life of Holy Mother Church than time spent in prayer for her priests and vocations to the priesthood (from the Introduction to the book Praying For Our Priests).

The apostolate of Maria Regina Cleri (Mary, Queen of the Clergy) had its origin in the early days of 2006 when Monsignor Peter Dunne, recovering from a long and critical illness, experienced a deepening awareness of the need to pray for his brother priests in Purgatory.  At the same time, Vicki Herout, his longtime caregiver and spiritual daughter, began to realize in her own prayers an intense and persistent call to pray for the priesthood.  They soon brought together a group to pray for priests, initially using prayers from a variety of sources. In early 2008, they decided to create a new set of meditations on the priesthood for the mysteries of the rosary.  These meditations were approved and received the imprimatur from Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha on October 1, 2008.

The Catalyst

The meditations on the priesthood that you will read on this website came out of the hearts and prayers of the authors out of the heart of Monsignor Dunne who loved and lived his priesthood to the fullest for seventy-one years – and out of the many months his co-author spent praying, meditating and writing before the Blessed Sacrament.

The apostolate of Maria Regina Cleri initially came together as a group to work on publishing these meditations.  As the group, working in early 2009, were putting the meditations into a booklet format and seeking ways to publish them, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, announced a special ‘Year for Priests’.  We were so amazed!  There was no mistaking the timing of the Holy Spirit in this project!  The group formed the apostolate of Maria Regina Cleri to finish the work of publication and meet the overwhelming demand for the books that came almost instantly from all over the United States and several foreign countries.

Official apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha

Today, Maria Regina Cleri is an official apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha under Archbishop George J. Lucas. We are working on more projects to promote prayer for the priesthood and have established this website as a means of reaching out to more people.

Our book, Praying for Our Priests: A Guide to Praying for the Priesthood in Union With Mary, Queen of the Clergy, (2nd Edition) is now available for order. It includes meditations on the priesthood for the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross. This meditated Rosary for Priests is available as a 2-CD audio set. The Stations of the Cross are also available as an audio CD which includes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of the Precious Blood. Any of our meditations for the priesthood are also available for download from this website. Downloads are free of charge.

Our book, Praying For Vocations: A Meditated Rosary For Vocations To The Priesthood and Consecrated Life, is also available. You can order it as a book or CD or download it from this website.

A Spanish-language translation of our Praying For Our Priests book has been completed and is available for download from the website. Thank you so much for visiting our website and please… keep praying for our priests!!