About the Book:
This book aims to study and explain the fundamental insights of Saint John Paul II—that the priest is called to be a living image of Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom of the Church. The book studies the nuptial image in the whole Tradition, starting with the Scriptures and paying special attention to the Fathers of the Church. In this book, one can see the nuptial nature of the Sacrament of Holy Orders and come to understand how the image of Christ the Bridegroom inspires the priest to total self-gift.
About the Author:
Bishop Andrew Cozzens is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He received his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2008. Bishop Cozzens is a founding member of the Companions of Christ, a fraternity of diocesan priests who seek to live in community and incarnate in their lives the evangelical counsels. He was a faculty member at the Saint Paul Seminary in Saint Paul Minnesota from 2006-2013 where he taught sacramental theology. He is President of the Seminary Formation Council which serves the Church by preparing leaders in seminary formation. He also serves as President of the Corporate Board of the Institute for Priestly Formation whose mission it is to accompany seminarians, priests, and bishops in their ongoing spiritual growth. He is a popular speaker and retreat master for clergy and currently serves as Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.