I write this article with both a sense of melancholia and optimism, focussing on the issue of clergy morale, or the lack thereof. The perennial issue of sexual abuse and the lack of interest in a priestly vocation in the current generation are issues which are at the forefront of current priestly ministry. Our parishes are growing larger. The demands placed upon priests are increasing and there are often polar theological divisions between parish priests and their assistant priests. Where do we turn to or look to for guidance or assistance? This is why we, the National Council of Priests exists. We understand the plight of our brother priests and we have empathy with each other.